If you're a fan of westerns, there's no doubt that this first trailer for Christian Bale's Hostile is going to get you excited. The movie comes from writer and director Scott Cooper, who directed films such as Out of the Furnace and Black Mass. The guy has made some incredible films and this looks like it could be one of his best.
The story for the film follows a US Cavalry officer who has to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. Obviously, this task doesn't come easy and they are met with peril on their journey. It looks like it will be an incredibly intense movie. I'm so happy to see that westerns are still being made. Here's the full synopsis:
Scott Cooper has turned to another venerable American genre, the western, for Hostiles, the raw and compelling tale of an embittered and battle-hardened US Cavalry officer ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. The flinty-eyed Captain Blocker (Bale) has seen more than his fair share of violence and bloodletting on the frontier, but this mission, which he is forced to accept, is a particularly bitter pill to swallow: Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) has been his mortal enemy for years due to a conflict that killed many of Blocker’s friends. The Chief has also lost friends in the conflict.
Setting out through dangerous territory, much of it inhabited by hostile tribes, the small band of soldiers and Cheyenne navigate the beautiful prairies and wilds of the west, while facing a series of challenges. Blocker — much like John Wayne’s character in the John Ford classic The Searchers — is a racist, a man who harbours a deep hatred towards the former prisoners now placed in his care. As the challenges mount, Blocker is forced to confront his own bigotry while carrying out his orders. To complicate matters, the ragged party is joined by a stricken widow (Rosamund Pike) who has just seen her family massacred in a raid.
Hostiles cuts relentlessly into the complex, troubled relationship between those who have lived on this land for centuries and the white intruder, posing the question: is reconciliation possible?
The movie also stars Rosamund Pike, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher. The film has yet to pick up a distributor so there's no release date yet. I can't wait to see it, though!