New Character Photos for Gus Van Sant’s ‘Promised Land’
This is one film hoping to sneak into awards season as a dark horse, and Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land has certainly been lurking on the sidelines for a while. With a big star in Matt Damon, respectable indie actors to support him, and a story suitable for the grim economic climate, its release at the end of this month should give it a good chance of being recognized come awards season.
“Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt).”
Seven new photos have been released for the film, which opens right in the middle of the holiday season on December 28th.