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Benedict Cumberbatch, Elisabeth Moss roped in for Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog- Cinema express

Benedict Cumberbatch, Elisabeth Moss roped in for Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog

The film is based on Thomas Savage's novel of the same name

Published: 07th May 2019
Benedict Cumberbatch Elisabeth Moss The Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss have signed up for Jane Campion's new film The Power of the Dog. Campion, who won the Academy Award for screenplay for The Piano, is directing the script based on an adaptation of Thomas Savage's novel of the same name.

"The Power of the Dog is a sublime novel that deserves a life on the big screen. I couldn't stop thinking about the story, it really haunted me. The themes of masculinity, nostalgia and betrayal are an intoxicating mix. It's also rare to find a story where the themes, the plot and the characters build tension as they reveal each other and even the end is satisfying and unexpected. It will be the first time I've worked with a male lead, which is exciting. Phil is a charismatic and complex character who declares war on his brother's new wife and her teenage son," Campion said.

The novel revolves around rich Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank. "Phil is brilliant and cruel, while George is fastidious and gentle. Together, they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn," read the plot synopsis.

The film will go into pre-production at the end of the year. 

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