The last time Kurt Russell signed on to appear in a Western the result was 1993’s Tombstone, a film which over time has acquired the reputation as a bona fide classic of the genre as well as one of the movies most quoted whenever poker players get together. (“I’m your huckleberry.”) So it’s hard not to get pretty rootin’-tootin’ excited about the news that, 21 years on, the Escape from New York star has once again saddled up for the just-wrapped Western, Bone Tomahawk.
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, the movie stars Russell as a sheriff who—together with characters played by Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins—sets out to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. The cast of Bone Tomahawk also boasts True Detective actress Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, and Sean Young, among others.
Wilson says he was drawn to the project by both the script and the opportunity to ride out with Russell. “I mean, if you’re a child of the 80s, your Westerns are Silverado and Tombstone,” says the Insidious star. “To do a movie with Kurt is one thing—to do a Western with Kurt is like, ‘Alright! I’m going to be next to Wyatt Earp up there on a horse!’”
Bone Tomahawk is produced by Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller of Caliber Media. The film is being showcased for foreign distribution at this week’s American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, CA., and will likely arrive in theaters in fall or winter of 2015. But you can see an exclusive first look of Russell in Bone Tomahawk above.