Many up and coming filmmakers can make a name for themselves with genre films. One director that has undeniably done so is Jeremy Saulnier. Saulnier has gained considerable support over the past few years for his crime driven films. His last picture, “Green Room” gained considerable praise for its performances and gore factor. His breakout film, “Blue Ruin” gained similar praise. It’s clear that Saulnier is an unconventional director with a unique vision. Netflix took notice and will release the next film from Saulnier. Today, they’ve released the first artwork for “Hold The Dark,” set for a September release.
With the added support of Netflix, Saulnier will see a much bigger platform than his previous features. The cast on board for “Hold the Dark” bodes well, with Jeffrey Wright leading the way. Alexander Skarsgård and Riley Keough are also on board. The strong cast and interesting setting could make for something unique from Saulnier.
A synopsis for “Hold the Dark” is included below
Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (RILEY KEOUGH), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls.
But when Medora’s husband Vernon (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child’s death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (JAMES BADGE DALE), races to stop Vernon’s vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.
The cast is certainly strong. Both Wright and Skarsgård have received considerable acclaim from television recently. Skarsgård won an Emmy for his work on “Big Little Lies,” and Wright represents “Westworld” again this year. Keough has also built quite a profile in recent years. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Honey,” and “It Comes at Night” has built her a positive reputation. A strong cast, far off setting, and Saulnier’s great camerawork should lay the groundwork for something special. Fingers crossed “Hold the Dark” lives up to the hype.