By James Brizuela | Published
Willem Dafoe and Christoph Waltz are set to star alongside one another in a brand-new Western that looks like a modern version of gravestone. The film is called dead for a dollar and sees Waltz return as a bounty hunter, which is a role he played with great poise in Django Unchained. Dafoe, on the other hand, plays an outlaw that is released. Naturally, he returns to his gunslinging ways to presumably find a way to get revenge on the man that put him in jail. You can see the trailer below:
Dead For A Dollar brings back the Spaghetti Western feel to it, as the trailer is chock full of gun fights. The subplot is quite interesting as well, as Rachel Brosnahan takes on the role of a woman who has left town with a black man. Her husband de ella then pays Waltz’s Max Borlund to track her down and keep her safe while he arrives. However, Brosnahan’s character of her reveals that her husband of her plans to kill her as soon as he sees her. We would imagine that puts Borlund in a precious situation about what moral ground he plans to stand on. Dafoe aka Joe Cribbens looks to be like the typical villainous type, only he might be hunting Borlund just as he tracks down the woman he has been paid handsomely to do so. Both Willem Dafoe and Christoph Waltz look fantastic in the film.
Dead For A Dollar follows Max Borlund (Christoph Waltz) as he runs into Joe Cribbens (Willem Dafoe), his sworn enemy and one he sent to prison. Borlund is tasked with tracking down the wife of a businessman who is being held captive in Mexico. While on the task at hand, a gangster played by Benjamin Bratt then wants a cut of the profits from Cribbebns, as he gets action from all dealings close to the Mexico border. The film was written and directed by Walter Hill. Hill famously directed 48 hours, Another 48 Hours, cross roads, The Warriors, and many more. The film will debut officially on September 6th at the Venice Film Festival. Hill will also be receiving Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the festival, for his contributions to the contemporary film industry.
The film is full of high-level talent, as Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, and Benjamin Bratt have won or been nominated for an Academy Award for their performances in films. Rachel Brosnahan has won Emmys for her performances of her in the hit series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Joining these award-winning actors are Brandon Scott, Warren Burke, Hamish Linklater, and Guy Burnet. It seems that Hill is aiming for award recognition, as the fall months are the usual release time for the award circuit.
Although Dead For A Dollar will premiere in four days at the Venice Film Festival, it will officially be released in theaters on September 30th. The film looks to be like the prototypical Western, but in a good way. There is something about Wild West gunfights that make every movie in this genre quite exciting. We can’t wait to see Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe hunt one another down.