First Look: ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Trailer with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed

Annapurna Pictures has released the first official trailer for the Western, The Sisters Brothers, based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Patrick deWitt. The film’s labeled a dark comedy and the trailer definitely fits that description.

The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot), John C. Reilly (Kong: Skull Island), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals, Stronger), and Riz Ahmed (The Night Of). The cast also includes Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rutger Hauer (Channel Zero).

Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain adapted deWitt’s book for the screen, and Audiard (Dheepan) directed.

Annapurna Pictures is planning a fall 2018 theatrical release.

Describing Patrick deWitt’s novel, The Telegraph’s Catherine Taylor said in her review: “In The Sisters Brothers, a diabolical combination of Laurel and Hardy and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (with a touch of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, just to emphasise the high literary stakes) deWitt has ensured another unforgettable pair their place in fictive lore.”

Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times says of Dewitt’s novel, “If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt’s bloody, darkly funny Western The Sisters Brothers.”

The Sisters Brothers is a bold, original and powerfully compelling work, grounded in well-drawn characters and a firm hold on narrative. When they say ‘They don’t write em like that anymore,’ they’re wrong,” stated The Globe and Mail’s Robert Wiersema.

The Plot: The film follows two brothers – Eli and Charlie Sisters – who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851.

The Sisters Brothers stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed (left) stars as “Morris” and Jake Gyllenhaal (right) stars as “Hermann Kermit Warm” in Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’ (Photo Credit : Magali Bragard / Annapurna Pictures)