Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt previously starred together in 2016’s The Magnificent 7. Now, D’Onofrio is bringing the gang back together for a Western film that is near and dear to his heart. Simply titled The Kid, the movie tells the story of Sherrif Pat Garrett (Hawke) and Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) in Billy’s last year on the run from the legendary lawman. However, there’s a little twist.
Caught in the mix is a boy named Rio, played by newcomer Jake Schur, who’s trying to rescue his sister from his villainous uncle played by Pratt. Along the way, Pratt’s character, Pat Garrett and Billy all come face-to-face for what looks to be a climactic battle of wills and wits and not everyone will get out alive.
This is D’Onofrio’s directorial debut. In an interview with Collider, he said, “It was a bit daunting to shoot a Western in 21 days, but we did it and we all enjoyed it.”
He also mentioned that in addition to directing it, he adapted the script with Andrew Lanham and he’s been working on it for “a couple years,” and he is also editing the film. He said, “My main goal is to just make a good story, so that’s what I’m trying to do. All I can ask for is for you to wish me luck that it will work. But, it was a great experience. If my job was to just shoot it and not worry about it afterwards, I’d be extremely happy, but I’ve gotta keep making the movie. So, we’re cutting away and it looks good. We’ll see.”
Pratt is certainly excited. Yesterday the actor retweeted the trailer for the film and said: “We had so much fun shooting this bad ass western…I’m so proud to be part of this movie where I play a real sick SOB.”
The trailer gives us a glimpse of just how sick Pratt’s character really is. It’s a breath of fresh air to see Pratt stretching his acting muscles a little more. After years of seeing him as an action star, maybe this will jumpstart his dramatic acting career? Only time will tell.
The Kid will be released on March 8th. Peep the trailer below and give D’Onofrio, Pratt, Hawke, and newcomer Schur some loving next month.