Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss Will Star in THE POWER OF THE DOG

Jane Campion is adapting and directing the Thomas Savage novel The Power of the Dog. Now we know two of the stars. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss will be starring as Phil and Rose, respectively.

The book tells the story of wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank. Phil is brilliant and cruel, while George is fastidious and gentle. Together, they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn.

Campion even talked about her desire to adapt the book into a film:

‘The Power of the Dog’ is a sublime novel that deserves a life on the big screen. I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, it really haunted me. The themes of masculinity, nostalgia and betrayal are an intoxicating mix. It’s also rare to find a story where the themes, the plot and the characters build tension as they reveal each other and even the end is satisfying and unexpected. It will be the first time I’ve worked with a male lead, which is exciting. Phil is a charismatic and complex character who declares war on his brother’s new wife and her teenage son.

No release date has been provided for The Power of the Dog.

Via: Variety

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