The first full trailer for Hostiles is here, Scott Cooper’s latest drama starring Christian Bale as a soldier in the Civil War tasked with returning a captive Native American to his land. The film here looks familiar, but the performances look fantastic. Plus there/s Ben Foster here, so craziness is bound to spring up.
Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.
The cast here is phenomenal. Bale, Pike, Foster, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher, who worked with Bale on Terrence Malick’s The New World.
Hostiles looks and sounds familiar, especially the line about death that sounds like a line from Unforgiven. Scott Cooper has been up and down in his brief career – down with his most recent, Black Mass – but perhaps a traditional Western is what he’s been aiming towards this whole time. It opens in limited release on December 22, and goes wide January 19.