Werner Herzog didn’t exactly blow audiences away last year with his Nicole Kidman-starring biopic “Queen of the Desert,” but misfires and critical duds have never slowed down the fiery spirit of the German auteur. Herzog’s next project reunites him with Michael Shannon for the first time since 2009’s bewildering “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?,” though this outing seems a bit more mainstream-friendly than their first confounding drama.
“Salt and Fire” stars Shannon and Gael García Bernal as a scientist and a company CEO who must band together despite their ideological differences in order to avoid a potential disaster from an erupting volcano. Eschewing the sluggish romance of “Queen of the Desert” for a ticking-time-clock environmentalist thriller, “Salt and Fire” looks like it could give Herzog a much-needed return to form.
The film doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but promotion has already begun thanks to a new character-filled poster. Check it out below.