Esai Morales Starring in the Western Thriller “Cottonmouth”

Esai Morales has a serious case of cottonmouth

The 60-year-old Puerto Rican actor will star in the Western thriller Cottonmouth, which entered production last week in Oklahoma after receiving a SAG interim agreement.

Esai MoralesIn addition to Morales, who most recently appeared in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, the cast also includes Martin SensmeierRon Perlman, Eric Nelsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Alyssa Wapanatâhk, James Landry Hébert and Kimberly Guerrero (The Glorias).

Brock Harris (Wild Game) is directing from a script he wrote alongside Jared Bonner.

Set in 1895, the film follows friends Ed and Frank (Sensmeier and Sadowski) who become brutal enemies in Oklahoma frontier territory when a rivalry develops over a woman (Wapanatâhk) who is set to inherit a prominent saloon. After a bounty hunter (Nelsen) makes Ed disappear to a tortuous prison run by a sinister warden (Perlman), he must learn the ways of an outlaw from a prison-mate (Morales) to escape and exact his revenge.

“Making a western in my home state is the ultimate blessing. With these legendary performers, we’re delivering a tall tale on sacred land,” said Harris. “Revenge is a dish best served with a smoking gun.”

Concourse and Rebullium recently teamed up on thriller Model House, which sold to Shout! Studios at TIFF and will see a rollout across multiple platforms, starting with a theatrical launch in early spring 2024.

Harris’ comedy film Dance Dads (2022) took home the audience award at the Austin Film Festival.

IFC Midnight to Debut Villar’s “Carnage Park” in July

Michael Villar is hitting the Park this July…

IFC Midnight will release Carnage Park, Mickey Keating’s sniper horror film starring the half-Spanish American actor.

Michael Villar

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will hit New York on July 1, day-and-date with its Video on Demand bow. It will expand to Los Angeles later that month, but no firm date was set.

Set in 1978, Carnage Park follows two crooks (James Landry Hebert and Villar) who botch a bank job then hit the road with a hostage (Ashley Bell). After one of the hoods checks out, the surviving duo happens upon the isolated desert outpost of a psychotic ex-military sniper (Pat Healy), who turns their escape into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Darby Stanchfield and Alan Ruck also star.

Keating wrote and directed Carnage Park, which IFC Midnight describes as a “gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.”

IFC Midnight acquired the film at SXSW.