Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke serve us Daddy energy in new gay Western

A few months ago, Pedro Pascal let us know that he is your “cool, slutty Daddy.” And now, he’s headed for the big screen to give us a bit of that Cowboy Daddy action the fans are craving in a gay Western!

Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, All About My Mother) announced Strange Way of Life, his upcoming gay western romance starring Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal, and Manu Riosmade. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Pedro Almodóvar (and Pedro Pascal on set of gay western Strange Way of Life
Pedro Almodóvar (left) and Pedro Pascal (right) on Strange Way of Life set. Photo by Iglesias Más & Agustín Almodóvar – © collider.com

Almodóvar added that the thirty-minute film is a “queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other,” adding that Pascal and Hawke’s characters “behave in that situation in an opposite way.”

“It’s about masculinity in a deep sense because the Western is a male genre,” Almodóvar said. “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.”

It’s hard to tell if the two characters are openly gay in the film, or if they’re giving a bit of DL action here, but it seems like it will be very interesting nonetheless. Almodóvar adds, “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,” he continued. “And now I think I’m telling you a little bit too much.”

Élite heartthrob Manu Ríos will reportedly join Moon Knight’s Hawke and The Mandalorian’s Pascal in a currently undisclosed role. 

Strange Way of Life will follow Pascal’s character, Silva, riding on a horse across a desert to reunite with Hawke’s character, Sheriff Jake, after 25 years. 

“One of them travels through the desert to find the other,” Almodóvar revealed. “There will be a showdown between them, but really the story is very intimate.”

Almodóvar shared that the desire to make his own gay western originated from the restrictions that hampered what his version of Brokeback Mountain would have been, since the director was previously in line to direct the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain, but ended up passing the film over to Ang Lee.

Strange Way Of Life is being co-produced by Saint Laurent, whose head designer Anthony Vaccarello will also work as a costume designer.

This article was originally published on our sister site, Bear World Magazine.

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