Timothy Olyphant Sets Sights on Horror Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

December 5, 2012

Timothy Olyphant

When we first wrote about director S. Craig Zahler's upcoming horror western Bone Tomahawk, we wondered who would step in and play the yet-to-be-cast gunslinger alongside already terrific cast members like Kurt Russell as a sheriff, Peter Sarsgaard as a cowboy, Richard Jenkins as a confused old man, and Jennifer Carpenter as the woman they all must rescue from a band of bloodthirsty cannibals. Now Deadline reports that Timothy Olyphant has signed on as the last member of the rescue party, playing a dapper, well-spoken sniper who moved Wild West in order to satiate some dark urges that lie within him. Read on!

Olyphant is well-versed in eloquent cowboy characters, having played U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in three seasons of the excellent FX series "Justified" so far, and doing a pitch-perfect Clint Eastwood impression as the Spirit of the West in last year's animated feature Rango. I'm very excited to see how Olyphant and Kurt Russell interact in particular, but with Sarsgaard, Jenkins, and Carpenter rounding out the cast for Zahler's directorial debut, it seems like the screenwriter-turned-director has all the makings of a fantastic western on his hands. It sounds like he's leaving supernatural elements out of it (which is a good thing in the wake of Jonah Hex), and maybe a Sam Elliott cameo can put some icing on this western cake?

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  • Richie G
    Olyphant is great in Justified. Could be cool Bone Tomahawk sounds like a comedy title though
  • beevis
    outstanding cast - i'm hopeful on this one.
    Olyphant should just do Westerns for the (w)rest of his career. He makes such a good Ronin-character!!!
  • Wow, I can't even think of a "horror western," unless you mentioned Friday the 13th: Part 22 when the gang visits Crystal Gulch, NM and resurrects Jason the old-timey gold miner...
    • beevis
      ever see "ravenous" - same type of western cannibals theme - it was pretty good.
      • grimjob
        Loved that flick! Robert Carlyle blew me away in that one.
  • Cody W
    Prrrrrfect role for him, Ive got a man crush on this dude hes friggin badass.
  • grimjob
    Holy hell I'm excited for this! Olyphant is great in Justified, but let's not forget his badassness as Bullock in Deadwood! And Kurt Russel?! This needs to get here quick.
  • BloodwerK
    You make me pull and I'll put you down.




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