Brad Pitt is Netflix’s next big star

The streaming video giant announced on Monday that it is producing and distributing “War Machine,” a new movie that will star Pitt and come out late next year.

“War Machine” will play in a small number of theaters, but its main home will be Netflix. The streaming service’s Twitter account heralded the news this way: “Brad Pitt goes to war in new Netflix film.”

Landing Pitt’s movie is a coup for the service, which is trying to change the way movies are released all around the world.

Netflix doesn’t want its users to have to wait months or even years for movies to leave theaters before they’re available online.

And it’s spending millions of dollars to make its vision a reality.

Deadline.com reported that “War Machine” “will be the biggest investment Netflix will have made so far in a feature film, in the $30 million range.”

Pitt, of course, is one of the biggest box office draws in Hollywood, starring in classic films like “Fight Club” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, so his association with Netflix makes a big statement.

“We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience,” Pitt said in a statement.

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