Director Richard Linklater has a powerful-looking follow-up to Everybody Wants Some! and Boyhood in Last Flag Flying. The timeliness of the topic plus the caliber of the three leads, all Academy Award nominated actors (Cranston, Fishburne, and Carrell) lends both gravitas and unexpected humor to the story of a father and his friends taking his son’s body home for burial. Amazon Studios looks like it has another winner here after the overlooked Lost City of Z that came out earlier this year. Last Flag Flying will open November 3, 2017.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared experiences of the war that continue to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.