First Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ New Film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

The Coen Brothers’ New Film

Netflix has debuted the first trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen Brothers’ Western anthology film featuring six stories, originally commissioned as a six-part TV series.

Starring James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits and Tyne Daly, the film picked up the Best Screenpaly award at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend and will play at the forthcoming New York Film Festival before a November release.

Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American frontier…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Tim Blake Nelson (Buster Scruggs)
Willie Watson (The Kid)

This first segment finds Tim Blake Nelson playing a sharp-shooting songster.

Near Algodones
James Franco (Cowboy)

James Franco’s wannabe bank robber gets his due and then some. And just a little bit more for good measure.

Meal Ticket
Liam Neeson (Impresario)
Harry Melling (Artist)

Lugubrious dark humour pervades the Liam Neeson starrer Meal Ticket, a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers.

All Gold Canyon
Tom Waits (Prospector)

Tom Waits mines a rich seam of humour.

The Gal Who Got Rattled
Bill Heck (Billy Knapp)
Zoe Kazan (Alice Longabaugh)
Grainger Hines (Mr. Arthur)

Zoe Kazan finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies.

The Mortal Remains
Brendan Gleeson (Irishman)
Tyne Daly (Lady)
Jonjo O’Neill (Englishman)
Saul Rubinek (Frenchman)
Chelcie Ross (Trapper)

Ghostly laughs haunt this segment as Tyne Daly rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride.

Check out the full trailer below.

The Coen Brothers’ New Film

It’s fine, though it’s really hard to get too much of a sense of the plot.

The Coen Brothers’ New Film

The Coens’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs opens in select US theaters and Netflix on November 16th.