Just last month, our Alison Nastasi shared word that Hobo with a Shotgun -- the fan film that won SXSW's Grindhouse trailer contest -- was getting the feature treatment. ...but not just with anyone, with Rutger Hauer. Talk about getmetothetheaterSTAT! casting. I'm not sure there would be a better man to deliver justice one shell at a time. The film has been in production for three weeks and the first still has hit, which you can see above.
In Alliance's press statement, Hauer says: "We're being very naughty and very dirty and very ugly. We're not trying to make anything pretty. We're not trying to charm anybody. We're saying this is an ugly movie." Ugly, maybe, but that shot of Hauer covered and blood and holding a shotgun is filling me with Ladyhawke glee.
The film focuses on "a vigilante homeless man who pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how -- with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail." Of course it will. It's Rutger frickin' Hauer.