Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has released the first trailer for Scott Cooper’s violent western Hostiles, which reunites the director with his Out of the Furnace star Christian Bale.
Bale plays a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands in 1892. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from New Mexico to Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.
In addition to Bale, Pike and Studi, the film stars Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, John Benjamin Hickey, Ryan Bingham and Q’orianka Kilcher.
John Lesher (Cooper’s Black Mass) and Ken Kao produced the film, which will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 22 in order to qualify for awards consideration before expanding to more cities on Jan. 19.
I definitely liked Hostiles when I caught it in Toronto, but it’s a pretty grim ride, and I don’t think it’s a real awards contender beyond Bale, who brings it once again. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief