“Years ago you asked me what two men could do living together on a ranch. I’ll answer you now.”
We finally have the first official trailer for Strange Way of Life, Pedro Almodóvar’s gay Western movie starring Pedro Pascal (Silva) and Ethan Hawke (Sheriff Jake). As the story goes, this film is supposed to be Almodóvar’s response to once being attached to direct Brokeback Mountain but not having the same vision for it as the studio.
This new gay cowboy drama will also feature actors José Condessa, Manu Ríos, Jason Fernández, Sara Sálamo, Erenice Lohan, George Steane, and Pedro Casablanc. It will premiere in May 2023 at the Cannes Film Festival.
You can watch the first trailer of Strange Way of Life below.
According to the synopsis of Strange Way of Life, Silva goes on to visit his old friend, Sheriff Jake, at a ranch. But while there, Jake tells Silva that this visit isn’t about simply reminiscing on their long-standing friendship.
Almodóvar previously described the film as being a “queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other.”
He added, “It’s about masculinity in a deep sense, because the Western is a male genre. What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western: it has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff. But what it has that most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western film has ever captured between two men.”
We will absolutely be seated to watch Strange Way of Life whenever it comes out in theaters.