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First Looks At All-Star Cast Of Black Cowboy Opera "They Die By Dawn"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 7, 2012 at 11:22AM

It's titled They Die By Dawn - described as a western featuring black cowboys, conceived and directed by Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts (a collaborative group of artists - both music and film - headed by Samuel).
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It's titled They Die By Dawn - described as a western featuring black cowboys, conceived and directed by Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts (a collaborative group of artists - both music and film - headed by Samuel).

And you'll be impressed with this all-star cast for They Die By Dawn: Idris Elba, Jesse Williams, Michael K. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Denzel Whitaker, Roger Guenveur SmithRosario Dawson, Kelly HuShanola Hampton, Erykah Badu, and others.

But it's not a feature film unfortunately; it's a short (I don't have length info yet).

The film is reportedly based on a series of real-life stories.

Here's the synop:

Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue.

Info is limited at the moment, but I did find one profile of The Bullitts that said the project "aims to intertwine narrative, suspense and music into one studio development." In essence, they plan to make a film :)

I'm definitely curious what Samuel is cooking up here, especially with this cast. 

The film is currently in production, with shooting apparently already underway - if not very soon to be - in Melody Ranch, Los Angeles.

Rosario Dawson tweeted the pictures above and below of some of the cast members in costume, on set.

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