Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly are starring in the film, which is based on Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name.
Set in Oregon in 1851, the story follows two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. It may sound like a dark premise, but the novel actually won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humor writing, so expect this Western noir to have a wicked sense of humor.
Reilly took it upon himself to option the book, and he’s producing the indie film with Alison Dickey and Michael De Luca. The project is a co-production between French production companies Why Not Productions and Page 114, and production is slated to start this summer.
Audiard is the award-winning director of the foreign-language films A Prophet, Rust and Bone and Dheepan, though The Sisters Brothers will be his first movie shot completely in English.
Ahmed starred in Four Lions and The Reluctant Fundamentalist early on, but his career didn’t take off until his incredible turn as Jake Gyllenhaal’s news protege in Nightcrawler, which led to the lead role in Steve Zaillian’s HBO miniseries The Night Of — a project that was nearly derailed by the death of James Gandolfini, who was originally set to play Ahmed’s attorney. The Night Of earned Ahmed a SAG Award nomination, and he recently returned to HBO to play the bohemian father of Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) baby on Girls.
Since Nightcrawler, Ahmed has appeared in blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Jason Bourne, as well as the indie films Una and City of Tiny Lights. He also has a mysterious recurring role on the excellent Netflix series The OA.
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