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Lee announces next film project

Ang Lee's next project will be a film about a soldier who became a hero in Iraq.

The director was expected to be working on a boxing movie next, but it has been announced that his upcoming film will actually be a big screen adaptation of Ben Fountain's book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

It will be Ang's first film since winning an Oscar for 2012's Life Of Pi and he said he is "very excited to be going back to work", reported Deadline.

The satirical novel follows a 19-year-old soldier who, along with his squad, become heroes when a battle they survive in Iraq is caught on camera. They are brought home to America for a promo tour and will return to war after the tour ends at a halftime show at a football game in Texas.

Ang said: "The most important thing to me is storytelling and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a story that immediately gripped me.

"I look forward to starting the creative process with this extraordinary team of collaborators."

Shooting is expected to start in the spring.

The boxing film Lee has in development is about the Thrilla In Manila fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

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