Netflix has revealed the first poster and images from acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier’s upcoming film Hold the Dark. Saulnier first broke out with the 2013 thriller Blue Ruin, then hit another level with the 2015 neo-nazi thriller Green Room, so anticipation has been mighty high for his next project. Hold the Dark takes place in northern Alaska and stars Jeffrey Wright as a retired naturalist and wolf expert who teams up with a young mother (Riley Keough) to search the wilderness for the pack of wolves that killed her young son. Meanwhile, the woman’s husband (Alexander Skarsgard) returns home from Iraq to the news that his son is dead, igniting a series of violent events.
While that setup may sound a bit strange, word has it that the film goes to very unexpected places, and is not exactly the movie you think it’s going to be. Saulnier’s longtime collaborator Macon Blair wrote the script, and the film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before it hits Netflix, so first reactions should be coming soon.
Saulnier shot this movie in the first half of 2017, then landed a prestigious gig in teaming up with Nic Pizzolatto to direct True Detective Season 3. But Saulnier exited the HBO series after directing only two episodes, reportedly due to creative differences with Pizzolatto—something that has become a recurring theme on the anthology series.
Check out the Hold the Dark poster and images below. The film also stars James Badge Dale and Julian Black Antelope. Hold the Dark will be released globally on Netflix on September 28th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Hold the Dark:
Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (RILEY KEOUGH), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls.
But when Medora’s husband Vernon (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child’s death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (JAMES BADGE DALE), races to stop Vernon’s vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.