Is this town big enough for two new Kurt Russell westerns? It sure is, partner! In addition to Quentin Tarantino’s action-oater The Hateful Eight—which you can read all about in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly—the Tombstone actor is also playing the lead character of Sheriff Hunt in another Wild West-set film with an impressive cast, Bone Tomahawk.
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, the film stars Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins as a quartet of folks who set out to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic troglodytes. Other cast members include David Arquette, Sean Young, and Banshee actress Lili Simmons.
When EW visited the set of Bone Tomahawk last year, Wilson said that he was in awe of appearing alongside Russell in his first western since Tombstone—although he admitted to having a little good-natured fun at the expense of the actor, who famously played the eyepatch-wearing Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi classic Escape From New York. “We were talking about some sunglasses that [Matthew Fox’s character] could wear,” Wilson said. “I was pulling some stuff up on my phone and I said to Kurt, I said, ‘I have this idea—it’s so not my place—but [what] if Sheriff Hunt wore an eyepatch?’ I was like, ‘You could really create like an iconic character!’”
Caliber Media and The Fyzz Facility have just released a Brandon Schaefer-designed poster for Bone Tomahawk ahead of next week’s Cannes film marketplace where sales company Celluloid Dreams will be representing the movie’s foreign rights.