David Ayer has revealed his pride at the news 'Fury' will close this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The screenwriter is set to attend the premiere in London on October 19, when he will be joined by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, who stars as an army sergeant who takes command of a tank crew for a mission that requires them to go behind enemy lines.

Ayer, 46, said: ''It's a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film.

''The fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it's something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere. I'm thrilled that festival audiences will be among the first in Europe to see it.''

Reflecting on 'Fury', Clare Stewart, London Film Festival director, said: ''Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences.''

The film also features appearances from Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena.

The London Film Festival will open on October 8 and will feature a wide array of events, including a screening of 'The Imitation Game', which tells the story of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing.