The project was announced with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen in the lead roles. Pine eventually dropped out and was replaced by Jeremy Renner.
Taylor Sheridan's first screenplay which he didn't write on spec. Sicario and Hell or High Water were written on spec.
The final installment in Taylor Sheridan's thematic American Frontier trilogy (the other films being Sicario (2015) and Hell or High Water (2016)).
Filmed on location in Park City, Utah. Coincidentally, the film would go on to have its world premiere in Park City at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The movie received a lengthy 8 minutes standing ovation at the end of its premiere in the Un Certain Regard competition of the Cannes film festival.
Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Bernthal are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Renner as Hawkeye, and Bernthal as The Punisher in Netflix's Daredevil.
In order to get attention for the movie so that Taylor Sheridan could get enough money to finish it in post production the way he wanted, he entered it into Sundance without telling his producers, who he says were not happy because they were trying to close a deal with TWC for the film. Nevertheless, that deal was eventually made.
Ian Bohen, Matthew Del Negro and Kelsey Asbille have all appeared in the hit MTV show Teen Wolf, but the three people share no scenes together in the show.
This is Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner's third time working together on a movie, after Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Gil Birmingham, Julia Jones, and Graham Greene have all had a role in the Twilight series playing characters from the Quileute tribe.
Jeremy Renner was the director's first choice for the lead role but as he was busy shooting Arrival (2016) at that time, Taylor Sheridan approached Chris Pine who later had to drop out because of his role in Wonder Women (2017). Coincidentally, Renner's schedule opened up and was roped in for the role.
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