A24 has debuted the first trailer and poster for writer-director Andrew Haigh’s upcoming drama Lean On Pete. Based on Willy Vlautin’s novel of the same name, the film made its world premiere this year at the Venice Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim and features a cast that includes Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, and Steve Buscemi; take a look below…
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.
Lean on Pete is set for release on March 30th.