Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch team up for film adaptation of 'Power of the Dog'

Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch team up for film adaptation of 'Power of the Dog'

'The Handmaid's Tale' actor Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch, who was last seen in 'Avengers: Endgame' are in place to star in the film adaptation of the 1967 novel called 'Power of the Dog' authored by Thomas Savage. The film expected to be helmed by Jane Campion will be presented at the Cannes International Film Festival to buyers through Cross City Films.  

The plot of the show follows brothers Phil (Benedict) and George Burbank who are similar and yet different - like the two sides of a coin. They are the joint owners of the biggest ranch in Montana Valley. George decides to marry a local widower Rose (Moss) with a son and this causes friction between him and his brother. Phil decides to destroy Rose by using her son Peter who is effeminate. While Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel, George is fastidious and gentle. So what happens when the two clash over Rose and her son will form the crux of the film. 

According to a report in Deadline, the film is produced by Max Films' Roger Frappier and Brightstar's Tanya Seghatchian along with Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films. BBC films will also be backing production with Rose Garnett serving as one of the executive producers along with See-Saw's Simon Gillis and Brightstar’s John Woodward. Director Jane is well-known for co-directing 'The Piano' and recently also worked on Emmy nominated series 'Top of the Lake', which also starred Moss in the lead role. This film fetched the actor a Golden Globe award. 

Moss was last seen in Jordan Peele's 'Us' and is looking forward to the release of the next season of the critically acclaimed show 'The Handmaid's Tale set to premiere on June 5 on Hulu. Benedict was last seen in 2019's biggest blockbuster 'Avengers: Endgame' in which he played the role of Doctor Strange. The actor was also seen in HBO's political drama 'Brexit: The Uncivil War' and will next be seen in Amazon show 'Good Omens' and spy-drama 'Ironbark'. 

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