In the official trailer for True History of the Kelly Gang, a gritty western based on the novel by Peter Carey, a bearded and burly Russell Crowe is out for blood along with co-stars George MacKay (1917) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) in the retelling of a classic outlaw tale. Here's the full synopsis:
Set amidst the grueling badlands of 19th-century Australia, legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay, 1917) grows up under the bloody and uncompromising rule of the English. Food is scarce, survival is filled with daily strife, and every opportunity the colonizers take to make their victims feel powerless is inflicted with searing brutality.
In a desperate attempt to prime him for rebellion, Ned Kelly’s mother (Essie Davis, The Babadook), sells him off into the hands of the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man, L.A. Confidential), where the young bandit discovers he comes from a line of warriors called the Sons of Sieve.
Fueled by his roots and a voracious appetite for revenge, Ned Kelly leads an anarchist army to wreak havoc on their oppressors in one of the most audacious attacks the country has ever seen. Grimy, gritty, and full of action-packed thrills, The True History of the Kelly Gang brings a revolutionary twist to an iconic piece of folklore.
Directed by Justin Kurzel, the R-rated IFC film also stars Essie Davis and Nicholas Hoult.
True History of the Kelly Gang hits theaters and video on demand April 24th.