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Cut Bank, Montana is famously known for being one of the coldest places in the continental United States, and it’s the setting for a Black List screenplay from Robert Patino that was supposed to go into production last year with an A-list cast and Matt Shakman as director. While nothing became of that particular iteration of the project, it is once again on the fast track to production, retaining a few of the same stars, but with another couple of huge names attached.
According to a press release, Kilburn Media’s Cut Bank has attracted the talents of Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Oliver Platt (The Big C) and Michael Suhlbarg (A Serious Man). Impressive, right? And they’re joined by Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and the masterful John Malkovich (Red), both of whom were attached to the film last year. Though this is Shakman’s first time out as a feature director, he has a long resume of TV work, including It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Psych, while fellow feature newcomer Patino also has TV experience, writing for both Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived Prime Suspect.
Cut Bank will follow Hemsworth as Dwayne McLaren, a former athlete now working as a mechanic. With a dream of leaving the town in the rear view mirror, Dwayne sets forth a plan that will eventually change his life, and the town, forever. No word on who any of the other actors will be playing, though it’s assumed Palmer will play Hemsworth’s love interest. I just hope Malkovich has some kind of thick accent going on, Teddy KGB-style.
Production on Cut Bank began on June 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.