Steven Soderbergh's new limited series Godless sees the director exploring the Western genre for Netflix, and the streaming service has just released the first trailer for the star studded 7-episode run. The trailer looks like a tough and gritty Western seen through a dark lens and prepares viewers with a tiny hint about what's to come for the new show. Death touches everything and lingers through almost every frame, leading one to believe that Godless will be dark in more ways than just the style of filming.
There are plenty of striking images in this first tease for Godless. There are images of a baby dangerously close to a rattlesnake and Jeff Daniels lifting a gun to take a man's life. "Welcome to No Man's Land" is definitely the perfect name for the dark and gritty trailer. "Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch," Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) says in the teaser. "To love, to hope, to dream, to be, to lose. But your life has lived in me. To remember this brings painful joy. Tis a human thing to love what death has touched." As he speaks in a voiceover, the teaser intercuts his words with images of survival and love, before turning to violence and brutality with his final words. While the images of fire and death are visually appealing, there's not a whole lot going on in terms of the plot of the limited series.
Notorious criminal Frank Griffin, portrayed by Jeff Daniels, and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode, a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, New Mexico, governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin and his gang are heading their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous outlaws in a lawless western frontier. The trailer looks awesome and November can't come fast enough for the debut of this limited series on Netflix.
Scoot McNairy (Argo), Sam Waterston (Law and Order), and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) co-star in the project which will mark Netflix's first official original limited series (there is no second season planned). All the episodes will land on the streaming service on November 22nd after production began in September of 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Godless is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and completely written and directed by Logan writer, Scott Frank.
It looks as if Netflix is creating their own version of HBO's gritty and dark Deadwood, which will be revived soon in the shape of a feature length movie. This is speculation at this time, but it does look similar in tone to the iconic HBO series. Netflix has another Western on the horizon with the Coen Brothers' anthology series The Battle of Buster Scruggs, which reportedly just wrapped production. While we wait for Godless, you can check out the official trailer below, courtesy of the Netflix YouTube channel.