Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch will topline The Power Of The Dog.
The Handmaid’s Tale star and Avengers: Endgame’s actor will star in the forthcoming Jane Campion-helmed film adapted from Thomas Savage’s novel.
The story follows brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank. The two brothers are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn.
“The Power of the Dog is a sublime novel that deserves a life on the big screen. I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, it really haunted me. The themes of masculinity, nostalgia and betrayal are an intoxicating mix,” Campion said. “It’s also rare to find a story where the themes, the plot and the characters build tension as they reveal each other and even the end is satisfying and unexpected. It will be the first time I’ve worked with a male lead, which is exciting. Phil is a charismatic and complex character who declares war on his brother’s new wife and her teenage son.”
The film is set to go into pre-production at the end of the year.