Following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly has released the first trailer for Bone Tomahawk. In case you weren't in Austin, Texas for the festival, RLJ Entertainment and Caliber Media will release this Western in limited theaters, iTunes and VOD platforms on October 23. Kurt Russell leads an all-star cast in this Western that fans and critics are already raving about.
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.
Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, Kathryn Morris, David Arquette and Sean Young round out the stellar supporting cast of Bone Tomahawk. The film has received largely positive reviews coming out of Fantastic Fest, so we'll have to wait and see if this Western can capitalize on its own momentum and become a dark horse Oscar candidate this year. It's obviously too soon to tell right now, but it's possible this could be a contender.
S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge, Air Guitar Nation) directs from his own screenplay, 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.
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. 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 that hasn't been explored too much in recent years. Take a look at this new trailer, and let us know what you think of Bone Tomahawk.