First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as a cattle rancher in new Netflix movie

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The first photos have been released for Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming Western drama The Power of the Dog.

The Doctor Strange star will play rancher Phil Burbank, who "inspires fear and awe in those around him", according to Netflix's official synopsis. The movie will follow the character tormenting his brother's family "until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love."

Adapted from Thomas Savage's 1967 book of the same name, the historical drama will also star Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Frances Conroy (American Horror Story). Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee also stars, having risen to fame as Nightcrawler in Marvel’s X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix.

Photo credit: KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX - Netflix
Photo credit: KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX - Netflix

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The new Jane Campion film will have its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September and will also screen at the 59th New York Film Festival in October as part of the Centerpiece Selection.

Campion said in a statement reported by Collider: "I am very honoured that The Power of the Dog has been selected as the centerpiece gala at this year’s New York Film Festival.

"Public screenings we long took for granted feel exceptional now, so it is going to be a very emotional and joyous experience for me and my team to be there and present the film to such a film-celebrating audience."

Photo credit: George Pimentel
Photo credit: George Pimentel

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The NYFF director of programming Dennis Lim told Collider: "Everything about The Power of the Dog is alive with surprise: its narrative turns, its rich characterizations, its complex ideas about masculinity and repression.

"It will introduce many to the work of the under-appreciated novelist Thomas Savage, but it also reminds us of what cinema can do as a medium for accessing and expressing inner life."

The Power of the Dog will be released on Netflix later this year.

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