Patrick Wilson has had a spectacular last few years, appearing in big-budget action films (Watchmen, The A-Team), horror movies (Insidious, The Conjuring), hot TV shows (his controversial guest spot on “Girls” got people talking), and indies (Young Adult, Space Station 76). Matthew Fox…well, since “Lost” went off the air in 2010, Fox has had some problems with the law, played a bad guy opposite Tyler Perry, starred in a movie no one saw opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and had a blink-and-you-missed-it role in World War Z. It’s safe to say these guys are on different career paths right now, but those paths are about to cross.
The Wrap reports that Fox and Wilson have joined the cast of Bone Tomahawk, a western starring Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins with a pretty crazy logline:
In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.
Russell and Jenkins will play two of the leading men, while Fox and Wilson will replace Peter Sarsgaard and Timothy Olyphant as the other two. Fox will be “John Brooder, the eloquent, albeit inscrutable gentleman whose dark inclinations have put him and his polished weapons at the very edge of the western frontier,” while Wilson will take on the role of “Arthur O’Dwyer, a driven and thoughtful cowboy whose rise to the foreman position of a cattle outfit is interrupted by an unfortunate accident that reshapes his life in unforeseen ways.”
I’ve been fascinated with Fox’s career trajectory post-“Lost,” and I’m interested to see if he’ll be able to mount some sort of comeback in the coming years. This project sounds like a way to win over some of the tough-guy crowd, but it’s probably going to take a heck of a lot more than Bone Tomahawk to make him an in-demand actor. Wilson, on the other hand, seems to be able to do no wrong right now.
Bone Tomahawk is written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, a writer with a couple different projects currently in the works. (His upcoming novel “Mean Business on North Ganson Street” debuts next week and has already been optioned by Warner Bros. as a potential Django Unchained reunion for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.) Here’s hoping he proves himself a talented filmmaker, because after Tombstone, I’d love to see Kurt Russell in another awesome western again.
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