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John C. Reilly To Star In ‘A Prophet’ Director Jacques Audiard’s English Language Western ‘The Sisters Brothers’

John C. Reilly To Star In 'A Prophet' Director Jacques Audiard's English Language Western 'The Sisters Brothers'

When we spoke to director Jacques Audiard and his co-writer Thomas Bidegain a couple of years ago at the BFI London Film Festival circa “Rust and Bone,” they revealed they that he had a couple of projects brewing. “We have a musical, and we have a western,” Audiard said. What followed instead was the Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan” which hit Cannes earlier this year. But it looks like that western is gearing back up and it sounds promising.

READ MORE: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Is An Excellent, Searing & Compassionate Drama

Speaking with French press today Audiard revealed that he’s working on an adaptation of Patrick deWitt‘s “The Sisters Brothers” for his next film. The critically acclaimed, Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel tells a gritty and darkly funny tale set against the backdrop of the Gold Rush. Here’s the book synopsis: 

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn’t share his brother’s appetite for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. But their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living–and whom he does it for.
With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters–losers, cheaters, and ne’er-do-wells from all stripes of life–and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.

John C. Reilly, who starred in Bidegain’s drama “Les Cowboys,” will take a leading part in “The Sisters Brothers,” with Audiard continuing to work on the script he’s been developing for two years. No word yet on when lensing might begin but it sounds like the pieces for this one are finally coming together. [THR]

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