The new trailer and poster for The Hunter have been released. The film stars Willem Dafoe as a mysterious man who has been hired to track and hunt the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. While on the hunting mission, Dafoe must keep his employer and true intent a secret from the suspicious townspeople. While the logline may seem a bit generic (and familiar, given the upcoming release of the survival pic The Grey), the trailer is actually pretty damn enthralling. Dafoe is great as always, and a tremendous air of suspense envelops every scene. The pic premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where Matt wasn’t all too taken by it (read his review here). I’m really hoping the film delivers, as I’m quite intrigued by this trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Directed by Daniel Nettheim, the film also stars Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. The Hunter will be available VOD on March 2nd, and hits theaters April 6th.
At its outset, Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter looks like it will be a beautifully shot, methodically-paced, and thoughtful twist on the hit-man genre. What if instead of tasking an assassin with taking out a single person, a killer is hired to take out a species? Not for fun, mind you, but because that last animal could potentially hold valuable compounds in its blood, organs, skin, or hair. Coupled with dangers of how one goes about moving a species from endangered to extinct, there’s plenty of room to not only show the methods of a hunter, but also the moral questions raised by his actions. Nettheim ignored all of this potential in favor of forcing awkward sentimentality that ranges from the unbelievable to the downright creepy.
The teaser trailer for Australian director Daniel Nettheim’s adaptation of The Hunter is now available online. Based on the novel by Julia Leigh (who directed this year’s Cannes-entry Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning), The Hunter tells the story of Martin David (played by Willem Dafoe), a mysterious man who is in search of the last Tasmanian tiger known to exist. While this may sound like a straightforward enough narrative, the twist comes from the fact that David must keep his employer and true intent a secret from suspicious townspeople.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer which features some really nice cinematography combined with enough foreboding for two teaser trailers. In addition to Dafoe, The Hunter also stars Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. The film is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 8th – 18th.
We have two bits of casting news. First up, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor have singed on to star in The Hunter. THR reports that the film will be a psychological thriller based on the novel Hunter by Julia Leigh, which centers on “a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.” Australian director Daniel Nettheim will be directing the film, which already started production this week in Tasmania.
After the jump, you can read about Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) being attached to star in The Hand Job.