Watch: First Trailer for Kieran Darcy-Smith's New Western 'The Duel'

April 28, 2016

The Duel Trailer

"You have no idea what's going on here!" Lionsgate Premiere has debuted a trailer for a film called The Duel, formerly known as By Way of Helena, a western about a Texas Ranger who takes on an oppressive, violent preacher watching over a town. Liam Hemsworth plays the Ranger, and Woody Harrelson plays the evil pastor, and the two end up in a kind of standoff in this small town. The full cast includes Emory Cohen, William Hurt, Alice Braga, William Sadler, Benedict Samuel & Raphael Sbarge. This looks solid, but they do give away a big plot point in the trailer. Western fans might want to take a look.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kieran Darcy-Smith's The Duel, originally from

The Duel Poster

In the Great Plains during 1880s, Texas Ranger David Kingston is sent to an Old West frontier town Helena to investigate a series of murders and disappearances of local people. In the town, preacher Abraham Brant is keeping all the townsfolk in some kind of fearful grip. The Duel, formerly titled By Way of Helena, is directed by Austrian actor-filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith, of the film Wish You Were Here previously. The screenplay is written by Matt Cook. The film has not premiered at any film festivals or otherwise yet. Lionsgate will release The Duel in theaters starting June 24th, 2016 this summer. Anyone?

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love a good western movie. A few of the best movies of the last years where westerns. The forsaken with Kiefer Sutherland, bonetomahawk with Kurt Russel and slow west with Michael Fassbender. Awesome westerns. Maybe a little comeback of the genre...

ari smulders on Apr 28, 2016


Would be good news, love westerns too. This trailer looks intense. But is Hemsworth really the right dude to take on Harrelson?

Nash on Apr 28, 2016


Yeah, I totally agree. Woody is just way too good and needs more powerful actor as adversary...

shiboleth on Apr 28, 2016


The line "By a twist of fate, this is the same man that murdered my father 20 years ago" is enough to question the underpinnings of the protagonist.

redtie on Apr 28, 2016


He's the devaaaaaallllll! Might be entertaining, I like Woody.

Carpola on Apr 28, 2016


I'm very close to the statement which says: I'll watch everything with Woody Harrelson. But man, this luckily looks at least decent so I'm saved here. I'm just not sure, as already stated on this thread, that Hemsworth is good enough to fight Woody...

shiboleth on Apr 28, 2016


I would love The Western to make another run at it. They are always fun even when they aren't most excellent.

DAVIDPD on Apr 28, 2016


William Sadler, Woody Harrelson, and an old west religious cult. Dig it.

grimjob on Apr 28, 2016

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