In his final starring role, Harry Dean Stanton took on what was likely his most personal.
Lucky, according to an official description, is “a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton,” and the filmmakers have composed another to the actor, who died Friday at age 91.
“We lost a legend today with the passing of Harry Dean Stanton,” reads the statement, posted on the film’s official Twitter page.
“Everyone involved with Lucky is deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. We had always hoped to celebrate this film and Harry’s beautiful performance with Harry himself. Our hearts go out to all who knew him, all who loved him, and his fans the world over. He will be missed, but his work will live on as long as people watch his films.”
Lucky, directed by John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac, Gran Torino) and written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, marks Stanton’s last starring role and also features the acting talents of long-time collaborator and Twin Peaks creator David Lynch.
Stanton stars as Lucky, a 90-year-old atheist on a spiritual journey in his remote desert town. Described as a “meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection,” Stanton’s character goes on a journey of self-exploration in his quest for enlightenment.
Though Lucky will mark Stanton’s final starring role, he can also be seen posthumously in the forthcoming Frank and Ava, a film chronicling the tempestuous relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner.
Lucky opens in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 29.