Chris Pine has wooed princesses in rom-coms, sang his heart out in musicals, and traveled through space in sci-fi blockbusters, but his latest project, the dusty Texan crime drama Hell or High Water, finds him trying his hand at a new genre: the modern-day Western.
Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan penned the script for Hell or High Water, which follows a principled father named Toby (Pine) as he fights the impending foreclosure on his family’s land. Desperately, he teams up with his former convict brother (Ben Foster), and together, they set out on a bank robbing spree, exacting vengeance on the bankers who’ve taken advantage of them for so long.
In this exclusive clip from the film, Toby grapples with the things he’s had to do to protect his family, opening up to his son.
“Now, you may be hearing a lot of things about me and your uncle,” Toby tells him. “Don’t be like us, you hear me?”
“Whatever I hear, I won’t believe,” his son replies.
“No, you believe it,” Toby interrupts. “I did all of it.”
David Mackenzie directed Hell or High Water, which also stars Jeff Bridges as a dogged Texas Ranger intent on apprehending Toby and his brother. In a recent interview with EW, Pine said he relished the opportunity to tackle such a complicated role, especially one that’s so different from his past films.
“Action films unfortunately don’t let you spend a lot of time sitting, so you don’t have much time to create something indelible, or unique,” Pine said. “A diner scene is just as moving and powerful and important as an action scene in Star Trek. There’s only a certain amount of ways you can say, ‘Come on, let’s go!’ or ‘Let’s do it!’”
Hell or High Water is in select theaters now and will open wide on Aug. 19.