Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer Star in the First Teaser for Western Series ‘The English’
The new Prime Video limited series also stars Stephen Rea, Valerie Pachner, Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Toby Jones, and Ciarán Hinds.
We’ve seen Emily Blunt ride horses before and she’s certainly done her fair share of historical drama work. But ‘The English’ represents her first time saddling up for a Western, and also shows that the age of film stars heading up TV projects remains in full force.
For this latest outing, a six-episode limited series premiering on Prime Video, she’s riding deep into Western genre territory, with a side of thriller and, from the looks of the new teaser, a fair dollop of horror for good measure.
Blunt stars in the series alongside Chaske Spencer, who you might recall as Sam Uley from several of the ‘Twilight’ movies but has also been seen in ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ and ‘Wild Indian’. He’s recently finished work on Marvel’s Disney+ ‘Hawkeye’ spin-off ‘Echo’ but has Marvel form from an earlier era of superhero TV, having been part of the cast for Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’.
Synopsis time! An epic chase Western, ‘The English’ takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, power, and love.
An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke (Blunt), and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout, Eli Whipp (Spencer), come together in 1890 mid-America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood. Both of them have a clear sense of their destiny, but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past. They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their limits, physically and psychologically. But as each obstacle is overcome, it draws them closer to their ultimate destination—the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming.
It is here, after an investigation by the local sheriff Robert Marshall (Stephen Rea) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner), into a series of bizarre and macabre unsolved murders, that the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood, and they will come face-to-face with the future they must live…
‘The English’ comes from award-winning British writer/director Hugo Blick, whose resume features the likes of ‘The Honourable Woman’, ‘Black Earth Rising’, ‘The Shadow Line’. He wrote and directed all six episodes. And – trivia alert! – way back in his younger, acting days, he played the young Jack Napier in 1989’s ‘Batman’. That has absolutely nothing to do with this new show, but we thought you might find it interesting.
As opposed to streaming services’ more recent swing to weekly releases, ‘The English’ will drop in full on November 11th, and, because it’s a co-production with the BBC, this isn’t a global launch on the service, as British viewers will have seen it the night before on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.