WATCH: Netflix Releases Haunting Trailer for New Western Movie ‘The Power of the Dog’ Set in Montana

by Jon D. B.

Ready for a Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch? Netflix‘s The Power of the Dog, from Oscar-winner Jane Campion, will deliver just that.

Campion is a triple-threat for the Western. She’s writing, producing, and directing the picture, which has already amassed considerable buzz in the industry. Audiences at large, however, are just discovering the haunting tale courtesy of this one-minute clip.

Netflix dropped the trailer late Thursday, which centers around Benedict Cumberbatch whistling an ominous melody. It is not a teaser that inspired hope. Dread is more apt – and that’s exactly what the film seems to be going for. Color us intrigued.

Check out the teaser below, before we get into what we know about the film after.

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.


Netflix’s Western Drama Centers on ‘Intimidating Rancher’

Based on Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name, The Power of the Dog is set in 1925’s Montana. Within, events revolve around an intimidating rancher, Phil Burbank (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), and his brother, George.

The drama begins once George (Jesse Plemons) marries a widower (Kirsten Dunst), and brings her back to the Burbank ranch. A single mother, Dunst’s character brings her son (Cody Smit-McPhee) along. Cumberbatch’s Phil makes it his mission to “destroy the interlopers,” and all hell breaks loose. That is, until Phil finds love himself.

In addition to the headliners above, Netflix‘s Western will star Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll and Adam Beach, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

As for director, writer, producer Jane Campion, the triple-threat won the “Best Original Screenplay” Oscar for her 1994 film, The Piano. With such a history, it may shock audiences to know that The Power of the Dog will be her first feature film since Bright Star in 2009.

Before it hits Netflix, the Montana-set drama will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Afterward, both the Toronto and New York film festivals will screen. A list of prestigious pick-ups, to be sure.

Like many releases in the modern Pandemic-laden world, however, The Power of the Dog will receive a limited theatrical run starting November 17. Then, Netflix will stream the Western for subscribers on December 1.

Fans Already ‘Losing It’ Over Benedict Cumberbatch’s Performance

“If Benedict Cumberbatch is in it I know I’m gonna watch it,” comments one user on the trailer’s YouTube debut.

Hundreds of others are echoing the sentiment, with Cumberbatch’s star power on full display. “Anything with Benedict Cumberbatch is a big fat yes for me,” replies Saif M.

Fan Nadeel agrees with “This looks haunting. Looks like one of the best performances of the year by Benedict Cumberbatch. Great teaser!”

Others are praising Campion’s pitch-perfect casting after having read the book themselves. “Absolutely a magnificent book. So far ahead of its time that it did not receive the attention it deserved,” comments Deborah B. on Netflix’s reveal. “Thomas Savage is the author of this slow motion train crash. Highly recommend reading… It is a perfect cast.”

“Oh yes, that is how Phil laughs. Cumberbatch will bring him to life with sheer perfection,” agrees Aarohi R.

Looks like Netflix has another winner on their hands.