Renowned singer/songwriter, actor, and director Dwight Yoakam is officially onboard Clint Eastwood’s latest film. Cry Macho will see both icons saddle up as rodeo legends for Eastwood’s return to Westerns, with the latter directing and starring.
Based on the book of the same name by N. Richard Nash, Macho is a period piece set in 1978. The film stars Clint Eastwood as Miko, a “washed-up” rodeo star and horse breeder who takes up an unlikely job from his ex-boss. And that’s where Dwight Yoakam comes in.
Yoakam portrays Howard, said ex-boss who’s young son has come into big trouble in Mexico. Yoakam’s Howard seeks out his old rodeo star pupil, Eastwood’s Miko, to cross the border and save his son from a life of crime and an alcoholic mother.
For Cry Macho, Eduardo Minett will make his English-language feature film debut as Rafa, Howard’s son. Through his journey with Miko, both find redemption as an old man teaches a boy what it means to be a good man.
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The legendary Clint Eastwood returns to the silver screen as director and star of #CryMacho, in theaters and streaming exclusively on HBO Max September 17. Watch the new trailer now.Warner Bros. Pictures
‘Cry Macho’ Sees Dwight Yoakam Return to the Screen
From timeless classic Sling Blade, to off-beat choices like Wedding Crashers and Banditas, Dwight Yoakam has had a fascinating career in film congruent to his country music stardom. Now, he’s making a triumphant return to the silver screen with Cry Macho.
Macho is Yoakam’s first film since 2018. That year saw the release of the thriller One by One, which less than delivered. Before that, he worked as part of Billy Bob Thorton’s critically acclaimed TV series Goliath as Wendell Corey.
Throughout the 90s and 2000s, Yoakam would appear in projects on a yearly basis. 1996’s Sling Blade, in which Yoakam portrays Doyle Hargraves, remains a highlight to this day. Other hits, such as Panic Room and Logan Lucky, also saw the country star reach a wider audience since.
As for young Eduardo Minett, his U.S. film debut is set to be a huge one. Deadline cites Clint Eastwood as a surefire-finder of “fresh new talent,” of which Minett fits the bill perfectly. Eastwood did the same for his 2008 masterpiece Gran Torino, in which he brought on Bee Vang as his co-star.
The trade also cites Natalia Traven, Horacio Garcia Rojas, and Fernanda Urrejola joining the cast of Cry Macho. Al Ruddy and Jessica Meier will produce the picture, alongside Tim Moore and Clint Eastwood‘s Malpaso.
Cry Macho is listed as “complete” on IMDb and set to release on September 17, 2021.