Viggo Mortensen is set to write, direct and act in the period western “The Dead Don’t Hurt,” which will also star Vicky Krieps (“Corsage,” “Phantom Thread”).
The movie will begin shooting on Oct. 12 in Canada. Billed as a “western love story” set in the 1860s, the film is a Talipot Studio, Recorded Picture and Perceval Pictures production, produced by Regina Solórzano, HanWay Films founder and Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas and Mortensen.
“The Dead Don’t Hurt” stars Krieps and Mortensen in the lead roles.
Krieps, currently generating Oscar buzz for her acclaimed performance in “Corsage,” stars as fiercely independent French Canadian Vivienne Le Coudy. She embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, Vivienne agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, where they start a life together. However, the Civil War separates them, leaving Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt) and his violent, wayward son Weston Jeffries (Solly McLeod), aided and abetted by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston). Olsen’s eventual return challenges their relationship as they have to confront and make peace with the person each has become.
By Manori Ravindran for https://variety.com/