EXCLUSIVE: Tubi has begun principal images on darkish western thriller The Thicket, based mostly on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel of the identical identify, starring and produced by Game of Thrones alum Peter Dinklage. Manufacturing is underway in Calgary, Canada.
A longtime ardour challenge for Dinklage, The Thicket additionally stars Juliette Lewis (Yellowjackets), Esmé Creed-Miles (Hanna), Levon Hawke (The Crowded Room), Leslie Grace (In The Heights), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Previous Man), Macon Blair (I Care A Lot), James Hetfield (Metallica), Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders), Andrew Schulz (Notorious), and Arliss Howard (Mank).
Set on the turn-of-the-century, The Thicket follows an harmless younger man, Jack (Hawke), who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister Lula (Creed-Miles) after she has been kidnapped by the violent killer Minimize Throat Invoice (Lewis) and her gang. To save lots of her, Jack enlists the assistance of a artful bounty hunter named Reginald Jones (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave (Akinnagbe), and a street-smart prostitute (Grace). The gang tracks Minimize Throat Invoice into the lethal no-man’s land generally known as The Massive Thicket — a spot the place blood and chaos reign.
Playwright Christopher Kelly will pen the variation, and Elliott Lester (Sleepwalker) directs, with Guillermo Garza (Don’t Inform a Soul) serving as DP and Ray Suen (Infantile Gambino, Lorde) composing the rating.
This has been a longtime ardour challenge for Dinklage who has been connected to the characteristic adaptation for a decade. In February 2020, he was set to guide a unique solid for The Thicket, from the identical producers, which was in pre-production. Like many initiatives gearing for manufacturing at the moment, the film was possible impacted by Covid, which reached pandemic ranges simply a few weeks later.
Lansdale’s novel, The Thicket, was chosen by the Library Journal as among the best historic fiction books the yr it was revealed, in 2013.
“As Tubi deepens its dedication to a variety of genres, we’re extremely excited to start manufacturing on The Thicket, which has been a ardour challenge for therefore many concerned,” stated Adam Lewinson, Chief Content material Officer, Tubi. “This elevated western thriller led by Peter Dinklage and an exceptionally gifted crew of artists delivers on style expectations whereas including a lot extra to make the journey into The Thicket distinctive and mesmerizing.”
“I’m so very excited to convey Joe Lansdale’s riveting story to the display,” stated Dinklage. “A journey into the guts of darkness to search out love and return it to its rightful place.”
The Thicket is produced by Tubi Movies, Dinklage and David Ginsberg of Estuary Movies, in addition to Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev of Nomadic Photos, Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang, and Andre L III of MiLu Leisure. Caddy Vanasirikul and Brian O’Shea are additionally producing through The Trade, which holds worldwide distribution rights, with Tubi holding rights within the U.S. and Canada.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report.