Benedict Cumberbatch transforms into rugged cowboy in first trailer for Netflix Western The Power of The Dog
26th August 2021

BENEDICT Cumberbatch has undergone a complete transformation for his role in the upcoming Netflix movie, The Power Of The Dog.

Netflix has dropped a new trailer for the film showing the Hollywood star sporting a notably more rugged appearance as cowboy, Phil Burbank.


Benedict has done away with his typically clean-cut look for the new movie and is instead rocking a very rugged beard and cowboy chaps as he shows off his ranching skills.

The film, which is an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, also stars Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Set in the wild west in 1925 Montana, Benedict, 45, stars at the "brutally beguiling" Phil who rules the land through intimidation alongside his more sensitive brother, George.

The wealthy rancher appears to have a very cold heart when it comes to love – and torments his brother’s (Jesse Plemons) new wife, Rose, (Kirsten Dunst) and son, a widow whom he brings to the family ranch much to Phil’s dismay.

But things take an emotional twist when Phil soon finds himself taking the young son under his wing, which leaves those around him questioning: Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot-twisting further into menace?

The new movie is already tipped to be a big contender at the Academy Awards and the Oscars.

Benedict has already bagged himself the TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is set to screen following its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September.

The Power Of The Dog will stream in select cinemas in November and on Netflix on December 1.


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