added: Mon, Apr 17th '17
Reuniting with the director and screenwriter of 2015's critical hit "I'll See You in My Dreams," veteran character and voice-over actor Sam Elliott is getting a chance to shine again in a new character-driven drama that seems tailor-made for the 72-year-old film star of "Tombstone" and "The Big Lebowski."
In "The Hero," Elliott plays an ailing western movie star who, in the final act of his career, tries to patch up his strained relationship with his adult daughter (played by "Jessica Jones" star Krysten Ritter). You can probably describe this as "The Wrestler" meets "Crazy Heart" meets "Birdman" but told through a smoky baritone voice with a fantastic manly mustache.
Directed by Brett Haley and written by Haley and Marc Basch, the film also stars Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, and Katharine Ross.
"The Hero" premiered to mostly positive reviews back in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It's now slated for a theatrical release on June 9th. In the meantime, you can watch the newly released trailer above.
THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
directed by Brett Haley
starring Sam Elliott, Krysten Ritter, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross
release date June 9, 2017 (in select theaters)