Benedict Cumberbatch (“Doctor Strange”) and Elisabeth Moss (“Us”) are set to star in celebrated filmmaker Jane Campion’s new film adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel “The Power of the Dog” for Cross City Films, Brightstar, See-Saw Films, Max Films and BBC Films.
The story follows wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank who are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley – a place where ‘men are still men’.
The rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.
Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning are producing.