Speaking at today’s Deadline Contenders London, Dunst described the on-set dynamics as “interesting”, with Cumberbatch relishing the role of Montana rancher Phil Burbank, who takes an immediate dislike to his brother’s (Jesse Plemons) new fiancée Rose (Dunst).
“Benedict’s character is a looming figure who slowly infiltrates Rose’s brain and gaslights her,” said Dunst. “She starts strong but he does so much to intimidate her until eventually she becomes an alcoholic.”
The film sees Dunst re-team with real-life partner Jesse Plemons, who she last worked with on FX series Fargo.
“I grabbed his arm in one scene and was told that was too familiar. I had to remind myself this is not my [real-life] husband.”
Producer Tanya Seghatchian described ‘The Power Of The Dog’ as an “unfamiliar depiction of the American West.”
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