The first footage from Brad Pitt’s upcoming World War II movie, Fury, was shown at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The film is written and directed by David Ayer, centers on a single tank unit fighting toward the end of the war, and co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal. A conference focused on technology and video games might seem like a strange place to debut footage of a big-budget, Oscar-courting Hollywood film, but the movie could target similar audiences that play any of the many popular war-based video games.
“As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany,” Sony’s Columbia Pictures said in a press release when the company obtained the rights to the movie, per Deadline.
The film promises lots of action scenes involving the Sherman tank piloted by the characters, as well as an examination of their relationships and how their psyches are impacted by war. “They’re exhausted, they’re tired, they’re grief-stricken, they’re combat fatigued. It’s really about a family under incredible stress,” Ayer says of the movie in the clip.
“The movie is like a character study with action sequences,” Pena said. That combination will appeal to a wide variety of moviegoers from action buffs to awards-bait junkies. It’s a good formula for both box office and critical success.