Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
Interstellar Review
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Seth Rogen In Talks To Be Steve Wozniak
Jessica Chastain also up for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film
First Look At Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Switchblade sisters
Neil Marshall Will Tell Tales Of Halloween
He's part of a new horror anthology
Fede Alvarez Finds A Man In The Dark
A new horror with Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead team
Gal Gadot In Talks For Ben-Hur
UPDATE: She's no longer in talks
Kelly Reilly Joins True Detective
Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin also set
Hugh Jackman Finds Lion
Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel also set for real-life tale
Lucy Liu Starring In Snakehead
A human trafficking drama
New Poster And Trailer For The SpongeBob Movie
Sponge Out Of Water
Alex Garland's Ex_Machina Trailer And Poster Land
Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander set heads to 'trip'
Michael Bay Clocks 13 Hours
The director plans a Benghazi drama
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
02 December 2013
First Full Images Of The Hobbit's Smaug
On... an Air New Zealand plane?
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
12 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Wicker Man - The Final Cut (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Hugo (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Resident (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Season Of The Witch (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Wicker Tree Trailer Online
Robin Hardy's Wicker Man 'sequel'

09 February 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Official Website

submit to reddit

Robin Hardy's spiritual sequel to The Wicker Man is making a slow but steady crawl towards release. It's a year since the title was changed from Cowboys For Christ, but now here, finally, is a trailer for The Wicker Tree.

Hardy's first film for 24 years, based on his own 2007 novel, is a close parallel to The Wicker Man, rather than a follow-up per se. Each character from 1974 has an equivalent and the holy-fool-vs-old-world-religion plot structure is similar, but the details this time involve an evangelical Texan country singer and her boyfriend attempting to introduce Jesus to the small Scottish town of Tressock.

We're guessing it doesn't go well, although judging by the trailer there's plenty of fleshly pleasure along the way (although maybe not for Brittania Nicol). Nice bit of intoning from Christopher Lee there too, as well as a glimpse, although it may be overstating his involvement in the film, since he was forced to all but withdraw after an injury. His character seems to be called simply The Old Man, with some speculating that it's a cameo appearance for Lord Summerisle...

The Wicker Tree stars Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Clive Russell, Henry Garrett and Honeysuckle Weeks, as well as Nicol and Lee. Shooting took place in Texas and Scotland in 2009, after several false starts and funding problems, and Hardy has unveiled footage here and there at festivals, but there's still no official release date. Fingers crossed for sooner rather than later. We need to forget Nicolas Cage and the bees.

...And we've quoted this before, but it's worth repeating. Here's Hardy discussing Cowboys For Christ with The Guardian in 2007:

"There is a tradition among ten or fifteen little towns on the borders in Scotland... where once a year, usually around the summer solstice, they elect a young man - the brightest and the best-looking, and the cleverest, I suppose - and he appears in the centre of the town on his horse, with outriders, and he's had a lovely party the evening before with all the prettiest girls, and he then rides out of town, and everyone who has a horse or a pony or a carthorse rides after him. [What happens next?] Well, that's the point. What they do is they have a lovely picnic. Not so in my book..."


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Coen Brothers Planning A Horror?
There's a 50/50 chance...
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE:
Looking forward to this but I have a sneaking suspicion this might turn out a bit shit. I really hope not though. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 16:09 on 13 February 2011 | Report This Post

A t least it will be better than the Apalling Nic Cage Remake More

Posted by filmburner30 at 15:49 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

Can't Wait!!!
I suspect The Wicker Tree and Hammer's Wake Wood are victims of how difficult it can be to get theatrical distribution in the UK nowadays. The majors probably have the cinemas booked up. How about an article on how this system works Empire? More

Posted by batfunk at 13:32 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

Can't Wait!!!
I suspect The Wicker Tree and Hammer's Wake Wood are victims of how difficult it can be to get theatrical distribution in the UK nowadays. The majors probably have the cinemas booked up. How about an article on on this system works Empire? More

Posted by batfunk at 13:31 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

not suitable for work...
Maybe you need to add that to your article... More

Posted by andrewkassell at 11:39 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets Mike Leigh
On Mr. Turner, 007 and liver in lager

World War II Movies That Win At History
Seen Fury? Here’s what to watch next...

The 25 Shatneriest William Shatner Moments Of All Time
Prepare. For. Many. One. Word. Sentences.

Marvel Announces Phase Three Film Slate Up To 2019
Photos from the event and have a look at all the new movie logos

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Scares
Monsters, ghosts, horrible old ladies: the scenes that have kept us hiding behind the sofa for the last 25 years. Warning: contains spoilers.

Empire's Interstellar Review
Read our official verdict on Christopher Nolan's science-fiction epic

The 40 Most Fearsome One-Man Armies In Cinema
When you absolutely, positively have to kill every last mutha in the room...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)