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The Sisters Brothers Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly Are Assassins

Simple minds and raw grit meet a lucrative invitation of the Gold Rush in this star-studded Western.

The first trailer for Weird Western The Sisters Brothers--starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed--is released. Directed by acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Dheepan), the movie is based on Patrick DeWitt's second novel of the same name, following a pair of squibbling brothers (Phoenix and Reilly). They are hired by their boss, Commodore (Rutger Hauer), to hunt down gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm (Gyllenhaal), but when Warm and his partner Morris (Ahmed, reuniting with his Nightcrawler employer) use a new substance to find gold in the riverbeds more effectively, the Sisters brothers start questioning their job at a promise of quick money.

The trailer offers a look into the gritty world of the 1850s Old-West Oregon. The first spark of humor stems out of our main characters' shared last name, which confuses everyone to the point that Charlie (Phoenix) must spell it out. It's here that we see Phoenix having fun with a comic role--a type he didn't have much chance to stretch his acting muscles between more serious characters. On the other hand, the oft-hilarious Reilly plays against type as Eli, a somber, self-conflicted outlaw.


Under the nuanced directing of Audiard, there are a lot of captivating scenes between the brothers, providing physical humor and dramatic tension. Though the genre has a fair share of comedy classics like Blazing Saddles and Shanghai Noon, funny Western flicks are really rare these days, considering the failure of A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ridiculous Six. Audiard isn't the first name popping up in our heads when it comes to stories about the gunslingers of the West, but the trailer shows he understands his material and actors enough to present a funny genre fare.

The Sisters Brothers is set for a fall release date.