Two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz and nominee for the prestigious award Willem Dafoe will play the main roles in the Western Walter Hill (“48 Hrs.,” “The Warriors”) under the title “Dead for a dollar,” Deadline reports.
The action in the film will unfold in 1897 in New Mexico (a state in the United States) around the famous bounty hunter Max Borlund (Waltz). He is hired by a wealthy businessman to get Max to return his wife, Rachel. The main character learns that the kidnappers are holding a woman in Mexico and want a ransom for her. But before Borlund reaches the border, he meets his nemesis, Joe Cribbens (Defoe). He is a professional gambler and former criminal who Max tracked down and sent to jail a few years before the current events.
However, meeting the enemy is not the only problem on Borlund’s path. When he finds Rachel missing in Mexico, he learns that she voluntarily ran away from her husband (who turns out to be a tyrant). Now Max faces a difficult choice: to return her to her husband or to help her find freedom. The task of the hero is also complicated by the ruthless mercenaries who took Rachel hostage and the angry Joe.
For Christoph Waltz — this is the second project in which he will play a bounty hunter, after Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” (2012). The script for the film will be written by Walter Hill in collaboration with Matt Harris. The film is produced by Jeremy Wall, Kirk D’Amico, and Carolyn McMaster.
The release date of the western and the full cast is still unknown.