Willem Dafoe’s The Hunter Picked up By Magnolia Pictures

Willem Dafoe in The Hunter (2011) Movie Image

Willem Dafoe’s career isn’t showing any signs of slowing down one bit. He’s a good actor, but I haven’t seen a new film of his in years. In fact, I looked at his filmography, and I’m pretty sure the last one I saw that featured him in any way was “Spider-Man 3″. Yeah, it’s been a while. Hopefully, this new film will turn it around.

Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to “The Hunter” after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim and written by Alice Addison, the pic is based on the novel by author/filmmaker Julia Leigh (“Sleeping Beauty”). The film stars Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, and Frances O’Connor. Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom”) of Porchlight Films produced.

Here’s the synopsis:

In this gorgeously shot psychological drama, Dafoe plays a mercenary hired by a bio-tech firm to track down a rare, possibly extinct animal called the Tasmanian Tiger in the remote and untouched wilderness of Tasmania.

Magnolia is planning a 2012 theatrical release for THE HUNTER through its Ultra VOD program.