MIles Teller stars as a soldier who returns home and deals with the effects of PTSD in the drama ‘Thank You for Your Service.’
Thank You for Your Service could be a spiritual sequel to American Sniper.
The latter — a Clint Eastwood-directed war drama and surprise box-office sensation ($350 million) in 2015 — starred Bradley Cooper as the real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, a decorated war hero who was killed in 2013 by a fellow veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thank You (in theaters Oct. 27) tells a similar story about soldiers returning home from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. The movie’s first trailer premieres exclusively at usatoday.com.
The film, starring Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Scott Haze, is written and directed by Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall, who adapted it from journalist David Finkel’s 2013 nonfiction book. Finkel’s time spent embedded with members of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Iraq was the basis of his book The Good Soldiers; Thank You checks back in with those who made it home.
Hall was given Thank You by Steven Spielberg, who was initially attached to direct Sniper and asked him to write an adaptation of Finkel’s book for Spielberg to direct. Directing duties eventually went to Hall, who was drawn to the challenge of dramatizing the war at home, having spent time with Kyle before his death and witnessed his gradual readjustment to life off the battlefield firsthand.
“Coming home isn’t just about the boots on the soil: Coming home is a process of returning to self,” Hall says….