'Hold the Dark' trailer: Netflix releases first look of the creepy thriller from director Jeremy Saulnier
This upcoming story of a man's fight with nature in the pursuit of saving a young child is going to be every dystopian thriller lover's dream!
Looks like Jeremy Saulnier is all geared up to follow his 2015 hit 'Green Room' with yet another gripping film, 'Hold The Dark' and what's even better is that it's going to come out as a Netflix original!
As is known, Netflix doesn't really disappoint when it comes to its original productions, and if Saulnier's past work is to be believed, this upcoming story of a man's fight with nature in the pursuit of saving a young child is going to be every dystopian thriller lover's dream!
The star-studded cast for the movie has actors Riley Keough, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, and Julian Black Antelope. The screenplay comes from Saulnier’s most frequent collaborator, Macon Blair, and the plot of the movie is to be adapted from William Giraldi’s 2014 novel of the same name.
'Hold the Dark' is set to experience its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, followed by the movie's debut on Netflix and in select theatres on September 28.
Speaking to IndieWire about the 'epic scale of production,' Saulnier shared: “There’s scenes in the Iraq War. There’s a lot of outback Alaskan landscapes. There’s aerial sequences. We’re dealing with bison and lynxes and wolves and all kinds of creatures. That was great to not build a contained environment and really milk it for all it’s worth like I did in ‘Green Room,’ but really bend my will around the landscape and the needs of the animals and to keep it very grounded and realistic, and not indulge in artificiality and exactly what I wanted every time.”
The project also arrived with a side dish of production related difficulties, as Saulnier explained to the publication, “When you are under the gun trying to punch above your weight class, the epic scale of the movie versus your budget, you have to conform. You definitely don’t have to retreat or concede; you have to bend to the will of the universe.”
The official synopsis of the film reads: "Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (Jefferey Wright) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (Riley Keough), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls.
"But when Medora’s husband Vernon (Alexander Skarsgard) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child’s death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (James Badge Dale), races to stop Vernon’s vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness."