World War Z might be over for Brad Pitt, but that doesn't mean that the actor will be staying away from the battlefield for long. Set in the final days of World War II, Fury stars Pitt alongside Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as American soldiers leading a final charge against increasingly desperate opposing German forces.
Director David Ayer (End of Watch) has promised that Fury will feature "incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters," and also that it will "bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience." The tank in question, which is the 'Fury' of the film's title, seems set to make a very strong centrepiece for Ayer's film, perhaps even becoming a character in its own right.
This is certainly the impression given by the first promotional still for Fury, which features Pitt, Bernthal and LaBeouf gathered on top of their noble metal steed, along with fellow soldiers played by Michael Peña (who starred as one of the two male leads in End of Watch) and Logan Lerman (the eponymous Percy Jackson of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief). It's a curious image that, out of context, would more likely be taken as a promotional still for a stage play rather than a film, but it's nonetheless effective at communicating Fury's character- and tank-driven narrative.
Check out the promotional still for Fury below and then take a look at a few of the set photos that Ayer has been posting throughout its production.
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End of Watch was styled as a found footage film shot primarily by the main characters (though there were a few ambiguous camera angles in there as well to give full coverage), which gave the cop drama an edge of realism that was aided by naturalistic acting from Peña and costar Jake Gyllenhaal. Obviously, Fury is going to be filmed differently, unless the soldiers are carrying around old-fashioned 8mm cameras, and it will be interesting to see how Ayer handles this historical wartime setting.
Fury will be the second film from Ayer to release in 2014, preceded by a crime drama called Sabotage (formerly titled Ten) in which Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a DEA agent tasked with bringing down a drug cartel, only to find himself and his colleagues the target of a revenge campaign to pick them off one by one.
The second World War is a subject that's already been covered countless times on the big screen, with some truly great war movies drawn from it, but the subject matter is rich enough for Fury to bring something fresh to the table. Tell us in the comments if you think Ayer's film is going to stand out from the crowd or get lost in the smoke.
Fury is out in theaters on November 14th, 2014.
Source: David Ayer