First Look: Fassbender & Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's 'Slow West'
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2014
Fassbender and Smit-McPhee, friends and foes, fighting their way across America. The first look photo for a new western titled Slow West has debuted online. From John Maclean, making his feature debut after a few shorts with Fassbender, the film is about a boy who travels from Scotland to Colorado to be reunite with the woman with the women he loves, but discovers that America is not exactly a very forgiving place. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as 17-year-old Jay, and Michael Fassbender as his mysterious paid-for protector Silas. It's just one photo, but Fassbender chomping on a cigar and shaving with a knife makes it all worth it.
John Maclean's Slow West follows a 17-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Jay's journey is fraught with danger, double-crossing and violence as he comes to realize America is not easy on the innocent. Musician John Maclean, former member of Beta Band, wrote and is directing the film (he worked with Fassbender on a couple of short films before this) which was funded by Film 4, DMC Film and The New Zealand Film Commission, with filming taking place in New Zealand. This is only our first look at the production, and no release date is set yet, as the film is being finished up now. We'll definitely keep an eye on this. Thoughts?