Did you enjoy The Wolf of Wall Street, and in particular Jonah Hill’s performance as an amoral twenty-something sleaze who helps Leonardo DiCaprio turn their natural skill at a questionably-ethical business into a bro’d-out business empire (only to wind up on the nasty end of Federal charges)? Would you like to watch another movie on basically the same lines, but without Martin Scorsese’s plus-size epic narrative scope, Hill front-and-center, Miles Teller along for the ride and The Hangover‘s Todd Philips directing?
Warner Bros Pictures is hoping your answer to those questions is yes, because that’s basically the picture of the movie that’s painted by the first trailer for Philips’ new dark comedy: War Dogs.
Based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson that was subsequently expanded into the book “Guns & The Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History”, War Dogs is a “true story” following the exploits of David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill), a pair of young upstarts in the arms-dealing business who win a coveted U.S. Military contract to supply arms to U.S. allies in Afghanistan after they unwittingly offer their services at an absurdly low rate. Despite an almost unbelievable lack of knowledge concerning the political or cultural situation they’ve inserted themselves into, the pair ultimately play a central role in the Afghan War; but things go south when the media catches wind of their existence and their extravagant, risk-addicted lifestyles.
While both the trailer and the official synopsis offer only a bare-bones glimpse of the plot, War Dogs is expected to adhere closely to the narrative as laid out in “Guns & The Dudes”. Lawson describes the adventures of his protagonists with a specific focus on their cavalier irresponsibility, showing up for work stoned, partying all night with strippers and ultimately striding into war zones and high-level military meetings while “stoned out of their minds” – despite being more-or-less aware that they were being tasked with an integral part of the post-9/11 “War on Terror”. As their arrogance begins to get the better of them, the dealers were eventually undone by their own shady practices, the jealousy of their powerful competitors in the arms game and an ill-advised encounter with the Albanian Mafia.
The film is part of a busy year for Hill, who’s currently shooting Collateral Beauty with Will Smith, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley, and is also voicing the character of “Carl” in Seth Rogen’s animated comedy Sausage Party. He’s also expected to reprise his 21 Jump Street role alongside Channing Tatum in a new sequel that will serve as a crossover between that franchise and Men In Black. Teller will next appear in the Millennial job-search comedy Get a Job opposite Anna Kendrick and the boxing drama Bleed For This (a biography of former world champion Vinny Pazienza.) He has also been mentioned as a contender for the role of young Han Solo in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars anthology film.
War Dogs will open in U.S. theaters on August 19, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures