Fox Searchlight had an incredible 2017-18 Oscar season thanks to awards darlings “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water,” and now the studio is turning its eyes to the upcoming race. The studio has announced David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” will bow in October, which is right in the middle of awards season. The date suggests a fall film festival debut at Venice, Telluride, or TIFF.
“The Old Man and the Gun” is notable for starring Robert Redford in his alleged final screen performance. The actor announced his retirement in 2016, saying he had two acting projects left before officially saying “goodbye to all that.” The first project, “Our Souls at Night,” debuted on Netflix last fall, and the second is the Lowery star vehicle.
The film stars Redford in the true story of Forrest Tucker, who escaped prison at age 70 and went on an unprecedented string of heists. Casey Affleck, reuniting with Lowery after last season’s critical favorite “A Ghost Story,” plays the detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker, while Sissy Spacek is the love of Tucker’s life. The film marks the second collaboration between Lowery and Redford after Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.”
“The Old Man and the Gun” will open in theaters October 5. Check out first look photos from the film below.