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Sam Elliott is THE HERO


Summer is around the corner and blockbusters, as well as indie productions, are lining up. One of the latter, a film that made its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival has just released its first trailer. Watch it below.

The Hero follows Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Big Lebowski) as Lee Hayden, a former western star past his prime at a point in his career when he’s receiving lifetime achievement awards while he’s still looking for one more career-defining role. This leading turn for Sam Elliott is getting plenty of praise for being just that. Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross make up the rest of the cast, with Brett Haley in the directing chair.

"In The Hero, unlike in most of his other projects, Elliott appears in nearly every frame as Lee Hayden, an over-the-hill Western film star whose cancer diagnosis prompts him to plan a comeback, reconnect with his estranged daughter and romance a younger woman. If that story sounds familiar, it's because you've seen it before, with tweaks and variations, in movies like The Verdict, Tender Mercies, The Wrestler, Crazy Heart and many more." (The Hollywood Reporter)

The official synopsis reads:

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

"The bottom line is that while the film is restrained and sensitively crafted hokum, it's still hokum, and you may find it hard not to feel cheated; Elliott and Prepon create vivid characters who are summarily plugged into a male-weepie formula that leaves little room for complexity or idiosyncrasy. Crazy Heart (2009), with Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, followed a similarly tired template, but chipped away at your defenses with stirring tunes and a stubbornly shaggy rhythm that felt true to life." (The Hollywood Reporter)

Check out the trailer below:

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