A new feminist Western will ride into town next fall.
Brit Marling will star alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru in The Keeping Room, in which a trio of Southern women band together to fend for themselves in the chaos of the end of the Civil War. The Black Listed script is from Julia Hart.
Here’s the film’s press description:
The Keeping Room focuses on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.
A forceful turn from Brit Marling heads a formidable trio of female leads that includes Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru in a powerful breakout role. Playing against his usual character, Sam Worthington excels as a villainous renegade soldier intent on killing the women and razing their home.
Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, The Keeping Room deliberately eschews Hollywood Western tropes and challenges gender politics as the female protagonist is defined in brave and provocative fashion.
After debuting at TIFF, it will open next September.