'The Power of the Dog': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch's western drama

'The Power of the Dog': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch's western drama
Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank) and Jesse Plemons (George Burbank) in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the busiest actors in the world right now and has been giving scintillating performances year after year. It all started in 2010 when the British actor was cast as the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC series ‘Sherlock’. His amazing performance changed everything and laid a strong foundation for him. Since then, he has never looked back and is now playing ‘Doctor Strange’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Apart from being part of the superhero universe, Cumberbatch also tries to show his range by doing intense drama movies side by side. His latest offering ‘The Power of the Dog,’ a powerful drama directed by Jane Campion, looks like another intense venture from the English actor.



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The movie revolves around a charismatic rancher named Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch) who has been an inspirational figure for people around him. However, he doesn’t know anything about love. But everything changes when his brother brings home a wife and her son. Will Burbank finally get to know what love is? The answer to that burning question will be given in the upcoming Netflix movie.

Here’s everything we know about the film.


Kirsten Dunst as Rose Gordon in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)


When does ‘The Power of the Dog’ release and where can you watch it

The movie had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September 2021 and had a limited release in the US on November 17, 2021. However, Netflix has acquired worldwide rights and will be premiering the movie exclusively on its platform on Wednesday, December 1, at 3:01, am EST. You can download the Netflix app from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store to watch the movie.


What is ‘The Power of the Dog’ all about

The official synopsis reads, “Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, the movie chronicles the journey of charismatic rancher Phil Burbank who inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.”

Who stars in the upcoming Western drama

The film is being led by Benedict Cumberbatch, who’ll be playing the role of Phil Burbank while Academy Award-winning actor Kirsten Dunst will be portraying the character of Rose Gordon. On the other hand, Jesse Plemons will be seen playing George Burbank.


Benedict Cumberbatch

The talented British actor started his professional career in 2001 and did many stage shows all over England. On the other hand, 2003 saw him receiving his first feature film role in the movie ‘To Kill a King’. The actor garnered a lot of praise for his acting in the movie ‘Atonement’ (2007) and since then, his career graph has only been going upwards.

His performances in projects such as ‘Sherlock’, ‘Warhorse’, ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of the Smaug’, ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Patrick Melrose’ and ‘Doctor Stranger’ have garnered universal acclaim.


Benedict Cumberbatch attends "The Power Of The Dog" UK Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 11, 2021 in London, England.


The rest of the cast includes Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter Gordon, Thomasin McKenzie as Lola, Genevieve Lemon as Mrs. Lewis, and Keith Carradine as Governor Edward.



The movie, which is based on the novel by Thomas Savage, has been directed and written by Jane Campion. The filmmaker is known for making movies such as ‘The Piano’, ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ and ‘Bright Star’.

Meanwhile, Emile Sherman, Iain Cunning, Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, and Tanya Seghatchian serve as producers on the movie.


You can watch the trailer here.




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