Sam Elliott is starring in The Hero, the new film directed by Brett Haley, who scored with the Sundance 2015 pic I’ll See You In My Dreams. Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross co-star in the film, which was written by Haley and Marc Basch and just wrapped production in Los Angeles. A 2017 release is being eyed.
The plot centers on a movie star Lee Hayden (Elliott), whose career high as a Western film icon is now several decades in the past. Today he makes his living doing voice-overs, and spends most of his spare time smoking weed or hanging out with his pal (Offerman). When Lee receives life-changing news, he decides that he needs to prove his worth: he wants to reprise his celebrated role of The Hero, in a sequel to the beloved Western of the same name. He also wants to reconnect with his ex-wife (Ross) and estranged daughter (Ritter), but he’s not sure how to do it. Then he meets a stand-up comic (Prepon) on a journey of her own and begins to question the very meaning of success.
Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Erik Rommesmo are producers, and financing was arranged by Gersh and WME. Elliott is repped by Gersh and Berwick & Kovacik.