Following the first trailer that arrived last week, RLJ Entertainment has released five character posters for Bone Tomahawk, arriving in theaters October 23. These one-sheets feature Kurt Russell as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, Patrick Wilson as Arthur O'Dwyer, Richard Jenkins as Chicory, Matthew Fox as John Brooder and Lili Simmons as Samantha O'Dwyer. These characters are all part of a small town that bands together in the face of tragedy.
When a group of cannibal savages kidnap settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy. This is a gritty action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West. This film will actually be the first of two Westerns for Kurt Russell this year, with The Hateful Eight hitting theaters on Christmas Day.
The stellar supporting cast of Bone Tomahawk is rounded out by Evan Jonigkeit, Kathryn Morris, David Arquette and Sean Young. The film recently had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, where it was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike. While it's still very early in awards season race, Bone Tomahawk could shape up to be an early Oscar contender.
S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge, Air Guitar Nation) writes and directs Bone Tomahawk, with Calliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller serving as producers. Bone Tomahawk is the latest addition to the already-crowded weekend on October 23, which includes Burnt, Jem and the Holograms, The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Rock the Kasbah. Also opening in limited release is Suffragette, I Smile Back and Nasty Baby.
With Kurt Russell starring in this critically-acclaimed film, plus The Hateful Eight, it's possible he could help start a resurgence of Westerns, a genre steeped in cinematic history that has fallen by the wayside in recent years. We'll have to wait and see if Bone Tomahawk expands after its opening weekend, but that all depends on how it fares at the box office. Take a look at these new character posters, and stay tuned for more on Bone Tomahawk.