Sam Shepard Joins New Western

Sam Shepard and the Spanish actor Eduardo Noriega have signed on to Blackthorn, a new Western that's filming next year in Bolivia. Screen Daily provides more details on the project, which is being directed by Mateo Gil:

Blackthorn will tell the story of an old American named James Blackthorn (alias Butch Cassidy), played by Shepard, who raises horses in Bolivia but is dying and wants to return to the US. However, along the way he crosses paths with a young Spanish mining engineer accused of robbing a mine (Noriega), and the two slowly strike up a friendship.

"One of the things I like most about westerns is that it's a truly moral genre. The characters face life and death, and other very important matters (freedom, commitment, loyalty, courage, treacher, justice, friendship ... and even love) in very pure and simple terms. The decisions they make are not only very dramatic, but set examples. What more can you ask from a film?", says Mateo Gil.

Gil, 37, is a Spanish director and screenwriter whose 1997 film Abre los Ojos was adapted into the American film Vanilla Sky.

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