The Harder They Fall: Release date, cast and trailer for Netflix's 'new school Western'
Idris Elba, Regina King, and Jonathan Majors are among the star-studded cast for Jeymes Samuel's feature debut.
Jeymes Samuel's directorial debut The Harder They Fall is now streaming on Netflix, following a limited theatrical run.
The film is inspired by Samuel's love for traditional Westerns, as he looks to put right the lack of focus on Black figures from the Old West by telling a fictional story based on several real-life characters.
A string of big-name actors – including Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors and Regina King – have been assembled to bring to life outlaws such as Rufus Buck, Nat Love and Trudy Smith, as Samuel concocts a revenge tale full of stylised violence and brilliant music.
With Jay-Z on board as a producer, some promising early reviews, and an explosive trailer, the film looks set to be a real treat – read on for everything you need to know.
The Harder They Fall release date
The Harder They Fall is now streaming on Netflix – having arrived on the platform on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
Earlier, Samuel's film had its world premiere at the London Film Festival on 6th October 2021, and then opened in select UK cinemas from Friday 22nd October 2021 for a limited theatrical run.
The Harder They Fall cast
It's safe to say that The Harder They Fall cast is an especially exciting one – with a huge list of big-name actors playing prominent roles.
Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors leads the cast as Nat Love, while the supporting cast includes Luther's Idris Elba as Rufus Buck, Joker and Atlanta star Zazie Beets as Stagecoach Mary, and Watchmen's Regina King as Trudy Smith.
And that's not all: there are also big parts for Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods) and LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah), while RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Danielle Deadwyler (The Haves and Have Nots), Edi Gathegi (Twilight), Deon Cole (Black-ish), and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) also star.
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The Harder They Fall plot
The film tells a classic Western story of a group of brilliantly named outlaws and their plans for revenge. Check out the official synopsis provided by Netflix below:
"When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck 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, his right and left-hand men — hot-tempered Bill Pickett and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth —and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including 'Treacherous' Trudy Smith and Cherokee Bill and they are not a group that knows how to lose."
The Harder They Fall trailer
You can check out the film's electrifying trailer below – which includes first looks at several of the outlaws and some thrilling shout-outs.
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