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Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn & Kodi Smit-McPhee To Star In Western 'Slow West'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 19, 2013 8:03 PM
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Michael Fassbender

While Michael Fassbender's plan to make a western earlier this year with Lynne Ramsay was kiboshed when that project hit a few rocky patches, leading to the exit of both the director and actor, it looks like the thesp has gotten back on the horse. He's got another gunslinging flick on way, with some interesting folks helping out.

You might not remember, but back in 2011, Fassbender revealed he was developing a movie with ex-Beta Band member turned filmmaker, John Maclean. They had previously collaborated on two shorts — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist” — and now they'll team for a feature, "Slow West." Co-starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and the ever present (and always solid) Ben Mendelsohn, there are no plot details on this one just yet, but the plan is for cameras to roll later this year in New Zealand. Support for the movie is already in place from Film 4, DMC Film and the The New Zealand Film Commission. Needless to say, we're eager to see how this all turns out.

But you won't have to wait long for next fix of Fassy. He stars in the upcoming "12 Years A Slave," and we'd guess that after he wraps on "Slow West," he'll get start getting into stealth mode to film "Assassin's Creed," which is due to hit theatres in 2015. [Daily Mail/Inside Film]

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  • cass | September 20, 2013 7:45 PMReply

    it's the daily mail ie probably a false story

  • meme | September 20, 2013 6:59 AMReply

    Before Assassin's Creed he will also film MacBeth in January and then probably Genius around spring next year.

  • oliver | September 20, 2013 6:00 AMReply

    as Rachel implied when she told me about this -- she was working on the screenplay in the PA offce -- bananas.

  • Lou | September 19, 2013 9:59 PMReply

    Fassbender has MacBeth that is filming in January, as well.

  • cinenatch | September 19, 2013 9:32 PMReply


  • F*ck off and shut the hell up | September 20, 2013 8:22 AM

    Shut it, it's been confirmed for Q1 for 2014 which means no Oscar race. Not gonna happen. Shut the f*ck up already you stupid fanboys.

  • cirkusfolk | September 19, 2013 9:23 PMReply

    It's funny that Fassbender wants to make a western. I always thought he or perfect as Shane if they ever remade that film. Then Christian Bale could play the villain. Ahhhh dreams.

  • Kate | September 19, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    I was wondering why the US trades never picked this story up. I first read about it way back in May.

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