Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘Us’ actress, Elizabeth Moss, have joined the cast of filmmaker Jane Campions adaptation ‘The Power of the Dog’.
The film is an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name and tells the story of 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. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where 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.
The project, which has been developed by BBC films, will see Roger Frappier of Max Films, Tanya Seghatchian of Brightstar as well Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films producing.
Campion is a giant amongst filmmakers after winning an Oscar for ‘The Piano’. She went on to direct and co-write ‘Top of the Lake’ in which she previously worked with Moss.
Moss was last seen in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’, She is also starring in ‘Her Smell’. Her upcoming projects include ‘The Kitchen’ alongside Tiffany Hadish and Melissa McCarthy.
Cumberbatch is better known for his roles as ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’, and was last seen in the Channel 4 political drama ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ his upcoming projects include ‘Ironbark’ and ‘Good Omens’.