Before Michael Fassbender reprises his role as the mutant Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse, the actor takes a trip to the frontier in the first trailer for the upcoming indie Western Slow West. The latest from A24 Films will debut on DirecTV starting April 16 before it arrives on VOD, iTunes and in theaters starting May 15. The film will also be hitting the festival circuit next month, screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. If you're in those areas, you can CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centers on 17-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has travelled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveller named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who agrees to protect him for cash. Jay's journey is fraught with danger, double-crossing, and violence as he comes to realize that America is not easy on the innocent.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Caren Pistorius (Legend of the Seeker). Written and directed by John Maclean (Pitch Black Heist), Slow West took home the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year. Take a look at the first footage from Slow West below.