Oscilloscope has released the first trailer for Meek’s Cutoff, an indie western set in 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail. Three families hire Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to lead them on a troubled journey over the Cascade Mountains. Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson, and Rod Rondeauxn star alongside Greenwood, a character actor I’m excited to see in a lead role.
The trailer effectively invokes a quiet, moody atmosphere. I expect no less from director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy). Watch the trailer after the break.