Today is National Dog Day, so guess what? Netflix is bringing you a trailer for their new film The Power of the Dog, which, believe it or not, has very little to do with actual dogs. Still, it’s the perfect day for the teaser featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as an eerie whistling rancher. The film, which is directed by Academy Award-winning director Jane Campion, will most likely be a power player during this year’s upcoming awards season.
Taking place in 1925, The Power of the Dog follows “brutally beguiling” rancher Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch), who meets widowed proprietress Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). After he treats them cruelly, Phil’s brother George (Jesse Plemons) returns to comfort Rose and, hopefully, marry her. That is, if Phil doesn’t get in the way with his menacing whistle and dashing looks.
Per Netflix’s logline, “All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.”
So when Phil comes to take Rose’s son under his wing, naturally, the game between him and his brother is afoot. Who will come out on top?
The Power of the Dog is written and directed by Campion, who also produces the project with Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, and Tanya Seghatchian.
Along with Cumberbatch, Dunst, Plemons, and Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog‘s cast also includes Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, and Adam Beach.
Campion’s film will make its way through the festival circuit this fall, slated for a world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival next week and followed by another showing at the Toronto International Film Festival. Before it’s released later this year, The Power of the Dog will have its U.S. premiere as the centerpiece of New York Film Festival.
The Power of the Dog will release in select theaters on Nov. 17 and stream on Netflix on Dec. 1. Scroll up to watch the first trailer for Campion’s upcoming film.
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