READ MORE: FilmBuff to Release SXSW Small-Town Thriller ‘Uncle John’
Steven Piet’s directorial debut “Uncle John” is giving “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Gone Baby Gone” actor John Ashton his juiciest role in years. Ashton stars as the eponymous John, a beloved resident of a small-town who commits murder and faces the consequences of covering it up.
The official synopsis reads: “Dutch, a small-town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. His confused and budding relationship with his coworker, Kate, eventually leads them on an impromptu adventure north to see the town he grew up in. They arrive just as John struggles to navigate the increasing threats and pressure from Danny’s suspicions.”
The film earned strong notices at SXSW (and it looks like David Lynch is quite the fan, based on the blurb included in the trailer) and will open in theaters and VOD September 18. Watch the exclusive trailer above, and check out the striking new poster below.