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19. "Slow West"
Release date: TBD
Director: John Maclean
Expected debut: Sundance Film Festival
Cause for excitement: This feature debut written and directed by newcomer John Maclean finds Michael Fassbender taking on the western myth of the "mysterious stranger." In this scenario he accompaies a young Scottish aristocrat (Kodi Smit-McPhee) on a journey across the Wild West to find his long lost love. Honestly, we're not huge McPhee fans, but Fassbender's involvement is enough to peak anyone's interest. Anyone who saw "Frank," "Fish Tank" or "Hunger" can tell you that when Fassbender makes an indie he takes big chances. He also, for the most part, has good taste when picking material that isn't coming with a studio paycheck.
- Gregory Ellwood