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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: (L-R) Scoot McNairy, Alan Ruck, Topher Grace, Emory Cohen, Jeremy Kleiner, David Michod, Ted Sarandos, Lakeith Stanfield, Brad Pitt, Meg Tilly, Griffin Dunne, Scott Stuber, and Anthony Michael Hall attend the "War Machine" New York Special Screening at Metrograph on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix) *** Local Caption *** Scoot McNairy;Alan Ruck;Topher Grace;Emory Cohen;Jeremy Kleiner;David Michod;Ted Sarandos;Lakeith Stanfield;Brad Pitt;Meg Tilly;Griffin Dunne;Scott Stuber;Anthony Michael Hall

Brad Pitt made a rare appearance in New York last night to attend a screening of his new Netflix film, “War Machine,” at the Metrograph on the Lower East Side. The film, written and directed by David Michôd, stars Pitt who also produced the film. This screening is possibly the first public appearance by the actor in New York since splitting from Angelina Jolie.

Also attending the screening was producer Jeremy Kleiner (12 Years a Slave, The Big Short) along with costars Emory Cohen, Griffin Dunne, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Scoot McNairy, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, and Meg Tilly in attendance. The film was preceded by an introduction by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 16: Chief Content Officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos (L) and actor Brad Pitt attend the “War Machine” New York Special Screening at Metrograph on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix) *** Local Caption *** Ted Sarandos;Brad Pitt

According to the the press release – no press was invited to the screening – “the film is about a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today.  His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly.  At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command coalition forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.”

The Netflix original film is inspired by the book “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by the late journalist Michael Hastings.

Joining Pitt in “War Machine,” the cast includes Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce serve as producers.  James W. Skotchdopole, Pauline Fischer and Sarah Esberg serve as executive producers.

War Machine will be released globally on Netflix and in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on May 26, 2017.

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