Michael Fassbender Attempting Western Genre Again in 'Slow West'

September 20, 2013
Source: Daily Mail, Inside Film

Michael Fassbender

Though many have forgotten the cinematic disaster that was Jonah Hex, the inclusion of Michael Fassbender in the cast before going on to more acclaimed roles in Shame and 12 Years a Slave will become a nice bit of trivia. The X-Men: First Class star actually attempted to head back to the Western genre earlier this year in Lynne Ramsay's western Jane Got a Gun, but he left the project just before the film really got into trouble, switching out cast members and losing its director at the last minute. Now Daily Mail and Inside Film (via The Playlist) have word that Fassbender will star in a new western called Slow West.

No plot details are available, but Fassbender will be joined by chameleon character actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly) and Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi-Smit McPhee. Musician John Maclean, former member of Beta Band, is directing the film (he worked with Fassbender on a couple of short films before) which has funding in place from Film 4, DMC Film and The New Zealand Film Commission. That last bit of funding is because the film will be shot in New Zealand, where the countryside will substitute for the story's location in Colorado. Sounds good to us.

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