Michael Shannon is a force to be reckoned with on the big screen, and he is now back in the thrilling new drama The Quarry. He not only co-stars in the movie alongside Shea Whigham, he is also producing this time out. Today, we have the trailer for everyone to check out. The movie was set to have its premiere at SXSW. The festival was canceled. Instead, we're now getting the movie on VOD starting Friday, April 17.

The Quarry stars Shea Whigham (Joker, Boardwalk Empire), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals}), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Showtime's The Affair, Maria Full of Grace), Bobby Soto (Narcos: Mexico, A Better Life) and Bruno Bichir (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Che: Part One). The film was directed by Scott Teems (That Evening Sun) who co-wrote the film with Andrew Brotzman (Nor'easter). The film is based on Damon Galgut's acclaimed novel of the same name.

From the novel by Damon Galgut comes this searing thriller, a tale of sin and redemption set in the wilds of Texas. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Shea Whigham, Joker) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter's sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom.

Scott Teems previously wrote and directed the award-winning feature film That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook and Mia Wasikowska, which premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Award, then went on to win more than a dozen major awards at festivals across North America. It was a New York Times Critics Pick and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards.

We recently had the chance to interview director Scott Teems, which will be up soon. And we also have an interesting interview with Michael Shannon coming up soon. Teems had this to say about the movie missing out on SXSW.

" It's a big deal, it really is. And in the grand scheme of things, with all that's going on in the world, losing your film premiere is maybe not a huge thing, but it's still a heartbreaker because you work so hard for so many years to bring a movie life, especially an independent film, and you want folks to see it, and you want them to see it the best way possible."

You can check out the first trailer for The Quarry at Lionsgate's Youtube Channel. We also have the poster for you to check out.

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