Joel Coen and Ethan Coen have returned to the wild West and the Western for a third time with the anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The trailer, released on Wednesdaypaints a colourful picture of the film’s frontiersmen (Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tom Waits, Brendan Gleeson, and Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs) surviving in the badlands of Nebraska and New Mexico. Dark humour and shootouts seem to be in store, as Buster Scruggs notes, “Things have a way of escalating out here in the West.”
The film, which was premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival in August, consists of six stories written over a 25-year period. The project was picked up by Netflix as a series in August, 2017. It has since been reworked into a film.
Regular collaborator Carter Burwell has scored the film. Bruno Delbonnel, who shot the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), is the cinematographer. Produced by Annapurna Pictures, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs can be streamed on Netflix from November 16.