The edgy western drama will open in limited theatrical release and on Netflix this fall.
Idris Elba rides again? You’re dadgum right!
Last seen on horseback in the critically acclaimed Concrete Cowboy, Elba will be saddling up again in the Netflix corral for The Harder They Fall, a flamboyantly edgy western directed by Jeymes Samuel (They Die By Dawn) and co-written by filmmaker Boaz Yakin (Fresh, Remember the Titans). The film will open in limited theatrical release this fall — and, yes, on Netflix.
What’s it all about? According to the official Netflix synopsis: “When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men — hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast-drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler) — and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.
“Revenge has never been served colder.”
Keep in mind: The Harder They Fall should not be confused with The Harder They Come, the classic 1972 Jamaican crime drama starring reggae music star Jimmy Cliff. (A movie, it should be noted, in which the lead character attends a screening of the Spaghetti Western Django.) Nor should it be confused with the song that Willie Nelson memorably covered in his 2005 reggae album Countryman.
The trailer should give you a good idea what this movie is all about.