Michael Fassbender Will Wear a Cowboy Hat and Spit on the Ground in ‘Slow West’

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Not much is yet known about a new Western that’s in the works called Slow West, but when one of the only things that’s known about it is that its cast is going to feature a trio of talented actors headed up by the current master and ruler of all our acting affection, Michael Fassbender, then that’s really all you need to know to be on board—especially coming so soon after the disappointment of hearing that Fassbender was going to do a Western with Jane Got a Gun, and then having him drop out and nearly doom the project when everyone else started following suit due to heartbreak.

News of Slow West’s existence comes from The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who says that the project was brought up to him by Fassbender during a conversation they were having at the Telluride Film Festival. While it’s true that the story was likely published just so the journo could rub it in all of our faces that he got to hang out with Fassbender while swilling some no doubt expensive hooch, his report contained too many other details to be seen as just hearsay. Bamigboye was also able to get the name of a director and two of Fassbender’s co-stars, for instance.

Helping him round out the cast is going to be Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Place Beyond the Pines), who, while not quite yet on the level of our devilishly handsome acting god, Fassbender, has been turning quite a few heads with really showy performances lately, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who you likely remember from The Road and Let Me In, or whose voice you perhaps even recognize due to his work in ParaNorman.

Directing the film is going to be John Maclean, a musician turned filmmaker who’s probably best known for being a member of The Beta Band, who’s probably best known for having their compilation album ‘The Three EPs’ so efficiently sold by John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity. Shooting for the Colorado-set Slow West is planned to take place in New Zealand later this year, so it’s probably time to start fantasizing about how great Fassbender looks in a cowboy hat now.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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