Watch the Rollicking Trailer for the New Oregon-Set Western The Sisters Brothers

Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed go full Wild West.

By Rebecca Jacobson May 24, 2018

Joaquin Phoenix is on a bit of an Oregon kick right now. The actor stars in the upcoming Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot—about the controversial, paraplegic Portland cartoonist John Callahan—and now he's agallop in a new trailer for The Sisters Brothers. Adapted from an acclaimed novel by Canada-born, Portland-based author Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers is set in 1850s-era Oregon, and follows two brothers hired to kill a prospector. Their mishap-filled quest takes them from Oregon City to San Francisco. Dark hilarity—and plenty of Wild West violence—ensues.

Phoenix plays the bloodthirstier of the brothers, with John C. Reilly as the more reluctant assassin. Jake Gyllenhaal is the prospector, and Riz Ahmed rounds out the cast as a chemist who's crafted a formula for finding gold. It's the English-language debut for director Jacques Audiard, best known for Dheepan (2015's Palme d'Or winner at Cannes) and Rust and Bone (you remember the one: Marion Cotillard lost her legs in an orca attack). The Sisters Brothers is slated for a fall release.

The trailer, soundtracked by a zippy cover of "Tainted Love," promises crackling action, the slinging of both guns and jests, and horseback rides through rugged landscapes. Watch the full trailer above.

DeWitt, meanwhile, releases his fourth novel in August. French Exit, per the publisher, is a "tragedy of manners" about a charismatic but difficult widow (among her quirks, she believes her cat possesses the spirit of her late husband, who suffered a lurid tabloid death) ditching the Upper East Side for Paris. 

These are fertile cinematic times in Oregon. In addition to the Callahan biopic, a new movie about the father-daughter duo who lived in Forest Park, Leave No Trace, drops in late June (look for stories about both of those films in our July issue). Laika has an animated Bigfoot flick in the works—more on that here—and actor Kristen Stewart plans to direct an adaptation of Portlander Lidia Yuknavitch's searing memoir, The Chronology of Water ("I'm going to write the best fucking female role," Stewart said in an interview). And Fred Armisen and Bill Hader's mockumentary series, Documentary Now!, will film its third season in Portland this summer.

(While we're at it, can we request a few local stories we'd like to see on the big screen? Among them: Ramblin' Rod and Darcelle biopics, and an "it all went so horribly wrong" miniseries about the exploding whale that also functions as a parable about emergency preparedness. Please send royalties to 921 SW Washington St, Suite 750.)

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