Earlier this year, you may have heard of a Tribeca Film Festival drama that starred Faith Hill as a trailer trash mom in the Deep South. It’s true, but that’s not really all that “Dixieland” is about, though having a big country pop star in your movie probably doesn’t hurt. A movie that details cycles of violence, crime, and impoverished circumstances with a Romeo and Juliet-like narrative, “Dixieland” is the directorial debut of Hank Bedford — a former assistant to David O. Russell, Bennett Miller, and Tarsem Singh.
The movie stars Chris Zylka from “The Leftovers” and Riley Keough from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and an actress you’re probably going to know a little bit better in 2016 thanks to leading her own show: Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” from executive producer and creator Steven Soderbergh. “Dixieland” also features “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte, Brad Carter, musician/actor Steve Earle and former WWE wrestler Mick Foley, aka Mankind (no joke).
Featuring explosive chemistry between rising stars Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) and impressive supporting performances from music legends Faith Hill and Steve Earle, Dixieland is an intoxicating portrait of life and love on the margins. Fresh out of prison, Kermit (Zylka), a mostly good kid mixed up with local drug dealers, returns home to his rural Mississippi trailer park. As he struggles to keep his nose clean, he falls for Rachel (Keough), his sultry neighbor who’s turned to dancing in a club to support her sick mother. Determined to overcome their inauspicious circumstances, the star-crossed lovers make a desperate, last-ditch effort to escape their dead-end town—but soon find themselves ensnared in a cycle of crime.
“Dixieland” opens in theaters and VOD on December 11th. Watch the first trailer below and check out the new poster.