Making its way to Tribeca this week is the sci-fi Western, Settlers, marking the directorial debut of Wyatt Rockeller. IFC Films has already picked the film up for release later this summer, and you can see why with a cast led by Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary).
Here’s the synopsis: On a remote homestead amongst the Martian frontier, a refugee family from Earth clings to hope for a better life. But when strangers appear in the surrounding hills and attempt to run them off, nine-year-old Remmy (Brooklynn Prince, THE FLORIDA PROJECT) is faced with the desperate reality her mother (Sofia Boutella, THE MUMMY) and father (Jonny Lee Miller, TRAINSPOTTING) have tried so hard to keep from her.
The film was shot in South Africa in an isolated desert location of Vioolsdrif, which Rockefeller spoke about with Deadline…
“Shooting in such a remote location was not without its challenges, but it was well worth it for the unique landscape and sense of isolation it provided. In the course of a few days, we had to contend with extreme heat, sandstorms and a lightning storm that nearly collapsed the set — in a place where it almost never rains. But morale actually improved following the toughest stretch as the cast and crew pulled together to get through it.”
Also starring Ismael Cruz Córdova (The Undoing) and Nell Tiger Free (Servant), Settlers will be released by IFC Midnight in theaters and VOD on July 23rd.