Video-game conference-goers got a sneak peek Tuesday at “Fury” — a tank-based World War II drama starring Brad Pitt that hits theaters in November.
The Wargaming.net panel at the E3 megaconference in Los Angeles debuted the short clip, which was posted on YouTube by IGN and reported on by Vanity Fair. And now that the attribution’s out of the way, take a look:
What we learn in 95 or so seconds:
- Fans of CGI and “Transformers”-level battle sequences probably should stay home come November: Fury was shot on film, with traditional special effects. This would explain why the production turned the English countryside into a war zone.
- Grit, grime and tank grease appear to cover every frame of the film. Shia LaBeouf, Pitt’s co-star, reportedly took things to the extreme, refusing to shower as part of his approach to the character of Boyd “Bible” Swan. This reportedly did not go over well with Pitt and others on set, who apparently believe the film’s realism didn’t need to extend into Smell-o-Vision.
- Despite the traditional approach to shooting the movie, the publicity folks aren’t shy about social networking: Fans who want to see the film’s first true trailer are directed to the production’s official Facebook page.
And we knew this already, but it bears repeating: Pitt’s character is named “Sgt. Wardaddy.”
Vanity Fair reports the movie will be released Nov. 14 — a slot often reserved for films seeking Academy Award consideration. Like the sneak peek? Let us know in the comments below.