Netflix isn’t playing around when their upcoming “new school Western” The Harder they Fall. The cast put together for writer/director Jeymes Samuel’s feature debut is enough to knock you off your horse. The film stars Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King, Idris Elba, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., and Deon Cole. Not only that, but Jay-Z is on board as a producer.
Co-written by Samuel Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), the film is based on the real-life cowboy and former slave Nat Love and his experiences in a post-Civil War America.
Here’s the synopsis: “When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men — hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)—and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.”
Love is one of the most famous Black cowboys in history, and has been depicted in movies before by Ernie Hudson in The Cherokee Kid and Michael K. Williams in They Die By Dawn.
Netflix will release The Harder They Fall in theaters and streaming this fall.