Best known for raunchy comedies like Old School and the Hangover trilogy, director Todd Phillips is straying ever so slightly from his tried-and-true formula by inserting some high-octane action into the mix with his next project, the action comedy War Dogs. Starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of opportunistic twenty-somethings who land a contract dealing arms to the US government and its allies, the film is based on the incredible true story of David Packouz and his partner, Efraim Diveroli, originally covered in a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson.
You can check out the new trailer for War Dogs right here.
The premise here is pretty fascinating, especially after reading about Teller and Hill’s real-life counterparts, and I can’t help but wonder if Phillips is the right choice for this material. Granted, the film looks like it will have plenty of laughs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I learned that many of those moments were fabricated solely for the sake of making an entertaining film, and I have to imagine the circumstances that inspired War Dogs were probably a bit darker than what we’re seeing in this footage.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
Co-starring Bradley Cooper as a client who may be on the terrorist watch list and Ana de Armas as Teller’s high-strung girlfriend, War Dogs will blast its way into theaters on August 19.
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