‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Says Themes in Upcoming Film ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ are ‘Very On-Brand’ for Him

by Katie Maloney

Have you heard? “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan is releasing his new film, “Those Who Wish Me Dead.”

Taylor Sheridan originally accepted a job to help rewrite the script for the movie. But can a writer ever really half-invest in a project? Not usually. And a television and movie-creating powerhouse like Sheridan definitely can’t. So, he quickly invested more in the project. Not only did he write the movie but he also decided to direct it. That is after he made a deal with the studio. He told them that he would direct the movie if he could get Angelina Jolie to star in it. No one believed that he’d be able to get a superstar like Jolie to agree to star in the film. But he did.

Angelina Jolie stars in “Those Who Wish Me Dead” as Hannah Faber, a woman who encounters a 12-year-old boy (Finn Little) who’s fleeing two assassins in the wilderness. Does the intensity sound familiar? The themes in this movie definitely resemble Taylor Sheridan’s previous projects including “Sicario,” “Wind River,” and “Yellowstone.” In fact, Sheridan even admitted that the styles of the movie are very “on-brand” for him, during a recent interview.

Taylor Sheridan’s New Movie Is Very ‘On-Brand’

“To sound like a millennial, it’s very on-brand for me,” joked Sheridan. “I like characters whose physical journey parallels the emotional journey they’re going through. She [Jolie] was game. It was cold. I’d be like, ‘Get in the river’ and she’d be like, ‘OK, I’m getting in the river.’”

Angelina Jolie, who just recently finalized her divorce with former husband Brad Pitt said that the role came at a perfect time for her in her life. She said that playing Hannah in the movie helped her find her “strength and move forward.”

“We all have times in our lives where we are broken. And we grieve and we’re not sure we have anything left in us,” said Jolie. “I identified more with a part of her that didn’t feel she could do a lot and hadn’t done this in a long time. To be in this situation and have a director that is both sensitive and aware of the human experience, to go there and to feel it, but also to push you to find your strength and move forward.”

In conclusion, celebrities, just like us, have bad days and things they need to overcome. We all just have to find ways to channel the energy of our battles and use it to become stronger. And sometimes that battle involves surrendering for a day and watching a good movie. If that’s the case for you, check out Taylor Sheridan’s “Those Who Wish Me Dead” on May 14 in theaters and on HBO Max.