Production on upcoming historical tank drama Fury wasn’t entirely smooth, according to rumors that supporting actor Shia LaBeouf refused to wash throughout the shoot in order to get closer to his character, and complaints about battle scenes being filmed on Remembrance Sunday. Much like the resilient M4A3E8 Sherman tank after which it is named, however, Fury powered through and will be rolling into theaters next month.
Fury is set in April 1945 and stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, the commander of a five-man tank crew who are left to face hopeless odds as they push into German territory during the final weeks of the Second World War. Logan Lerman co-stars as Norman, a young rookie soldier assigned to be the assistant driver in Wardaddy’s crew, which also includes Michael Peña as the tank’s driver, LaBeouf as its gunner and Jon Bernthal as its loader.
In the wake of Fury receiving a new October release date, a UK trailer for the movie has now been released, showing Norman’s rough introduction to the daily horrors that the rest of the tank’s crew have become inured to. It also seems to go a lot further along the movie’s storyline than the previous trailer, showing clips of what looks like the final conflict of the movie as the tank is forced to a halt and the crew are left to fend off the German army as sitting ducks.
Fury was written and directed by David Ayer, whose filmmaking career so for has focused more on conflict at home, in crime movies like End of Watch and Harsh Times. Pitt is a big draw for the movie as its lead actor, though the fact that he famously played Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds not too long ago means that he may have to work hard in order to distinguish the two rather similar roles.
2014 is a timely year for war movies, being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, and Fury definitely looks worth watching in theaters for those interested in the genre and time period. The action looks so real you can practically smell it.
Fury opens in theaters on October 17th, 2014.