For his bold feature “Captain Fantastic,” writer-director Matthew Ross cast Viggo Mortensen as the patriarch of a reclusive survivalist family, whose unique upbringing (which includes hunting, killing and eating deer for food) is threatened by the recent death of their mother and legal action from her grieving father (Frank Langella).
After premiering the movie at the Sundance Film Festival last week, up-and-coming indie distributor Bleecker Street has announced today that the film will be hitting theaters this summer on July 8.
The official synopsis reads: “Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.”
“Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “We’re looking forward to bringing the film to theaters across the country starting in July.”
The film also stars George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Charlie Shotwell and Shree Crooks. Bleecker Street just had their biggest year ever thanks to “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and the Oscar-nominated “Trumbo,” and “Captain Fantastic” now joins their official 2016 slate, which also includes “Eye in the Sky” and “Elvis and Nixon.”