JoeR. Lansdale’s novel The Thicket is being made into a dark Western thriller by Tubi. The project stars Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, The Toxic Avenger) and Juliette Lewis (Natual Born Killers, Yellowjackets), who’ve recently traveled to Calgary, Canada, where principle production is underway.
In addition to Dinklage and Lewis, The Thicket stars Esme Creed-Miles (Hanna), Levon Hawke (The Crowded Room, Pussy Island), Leslie Grace (In The Heights, Batgirl), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Old Man, Edge of Darkness), Macon Blair (I Care A Lot), James Hetfield (Metallica), Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders, Good Omens), Andrew Schulz (Infamous, You People), and Arliss Howard (Mank, Moneyball).
Here’s a synopsis via Deadline’s exclusive report:
Set at the turn of the century, The Thicket follows an innocent young 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 Cut Throat Bill (Lewis) and her gang. Jack (Hawke) enlists Reginald Jones (Dinklage), who is a shrewd bounty hunter and the son of an ex-slave (Akinnagbe) to save her. The gang tracks Cut Throat Bill into the deadly no man’s land known as The Big Thicket — a place where blood and chaos reign.
Elliot Lester (Nightingale, Blitz) directs from a script by the playwright Christopher Kelly. Guillermo Garza will act as DP, with Ray Suen (Childish Gambino, Lorde) arranging the score.
Dinklage has had his sights set on The Thicket for a long time.
“This elevated western thriller led by Peter Dinklage and an exceptionally talented team of artists delivers on genre expectations while adding so much to make the journey into The Thicket10 truly memorable.” “This elevated western thriller led by Peter Dinklage and an exceptionally talented team of artists delivers on genre expectations while adding so much more to make the journey into The Thicket unique and mesmerizing.” “I’m so very excited to bring Joe Lansdale’s riveting story to the screen,”
said Dinklage. “A journey into darkness to find love, and return it to its rightful home.” What do you think about Lansdale’s novel? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.