Photography: A24


Bill Pullman plays the title character in a new western set for fall release.

DirecTV and A24 have released the poster and trailer for The Ballad of Lefty Brown, the eagerly awaited western featuring Bill Pullman (Independence Day) in a career-highlight performance as a longtime sidekick who’s forced to become a straight-shooting hero. Directed by Jared Moshé — who earned his spurs with the acclaimed 2012 release Dead Man’s Burden (starring Clare Bowen of TV’s Nashville) — the film will be available exclusively for DirecTV viewers starting November 9 before A24 releases it in theaters Dec. 14.

What’s it all about? According the official synopsis:

“When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. marshal (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice.

“After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers, only to find that he is being accused of his friend’s murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor’s mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson’s death. A thrilling and action-packed western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.”

Take it from us, pardners: We got an advance look at this fine film last spring, when it had its world premiere at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, and it’s definitely a winner. Take a look at this trailer, and see what you have in store for you.