"Westworld" Star Thandie Newton Joins Neo-Western Thriller 'God's Country'

Thandie Newton God's Country

Emmy-winning actress Thandie Newton, soon to be seen in the third season of HBO's "Westworld," has joined the cast of director Julian Higgins' debut feature God's Country.

A neo-Western thriller set in the bleak winter landscape of the Mountain West, God's Country stars Newton as a college professor living on her own at the edge of the national forest. One day she confronts two hunters trespassing on her land, triggering a battle of wills with dangerous ramifications.

Screenwriter Shaye Ogbonna (Lowlife) adapted the script with Higgins from the short story Winter Light by James Lee Burke.

Cold Iron Pictures' CEO Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall are producing the film, along with Halee Bernard and Higgins. Anthony Ciardelli and The Film Arcade's Jason Beck will serve as Executive Producers.

"Julian and Shaye's radical new take on James Lee Burke's story is a nuanced response to the times in which we live," said Bailey. "We are thrilled to be working on this powerful film that puts Thandie's remarkable acting talent front and center."

Principal photography begins this week in Montana.