Kris Kristofferson and Luke Hemsworth Hickok
(L-R): Kris Kristofferson and Luke Hemsworth star in director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s Western, ‘Hickok.’
Photo Courtesy: Cinedigm

Luke Hemsworth was initially hoping to escape his criminal past in his new Western, ‘Hickok.’ But it turns out that his anti-hero’s combat skills can actually help make his new adopted town a family-friendly place again. The former outlaw has been offered the chance to fight back against the increasing amount of violence that’s recently been plaguing the area by becoming a Marshall, a job that was offered to him by the Mayor, who’s played by Kris Kristofferson. In honor of Hemsworth’s character seeking redemption in his new small town, Shockya is exclusively premiering a new clip from the movie.

The exclusive clip helping to promote the frontier thriller’s upcoming release. It’s set to be distributed into select theaters in the top markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Kansas City, next Friday, July 7, by Cinedigm. The action-packed story of the West’s most notorious gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok, and his journey to redemption, will also be released the same day On Demand and Digital HD.

In addition to Hemsworth, who makes his feature film leading acting role debut as the title character, and Kristofferson, ‘Hickok‘ also stars Trace Adkins, Oscar-nominee Bruce Dern and Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau. The period Western was helmed by Timothy Woodward Jr., who previously directed Adkins and Kristofferson in last year’s action Western, ‘Traded.’ The filmmaker’s latest Western was written by Michael Lanahan. ‘Hickok” was shot on such turn-of-the-century sets as Melody Ranch, which is also home to Hemsworth’s hit HBO series, ‘Westworld.’

The story of the West’s most notorious gunslinger and his road to redemption, ‘Hickok’ finds the infamous, hard-drinking outlaw, Wild Bill Hickok (Hemsworth), in 1870’s Abilene, Kansas, as he’s seeking to start a new life. Captivated by Wild Bill’s unparalleled gun skills, the mayor, George Knox, (Kristofferson) quickly ropes him in as the town marshal. Recognizing the need to clamp down on the wildest cow-town in the west, Wild Bill soon finds himself at the center of a controversial ordinance while dispensing his own brand of frontier justice.

Wild Bill’s attempts to protect Abilene, however, are quickly challenged by a band of outlaws who are led by powerful saloon owner, Phil Poe (Adkins). When Poe places a bounty on Wild Bill’s head, the marshal, with the help of outlaw turned lawman John Wesley Hardin (Lyman-Mersereau), makes a stand for Abilene and his new life, while also putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west on the line.

Shockya's Exclusive Hickok Clip
Shockya's Exclusive Hickok Clip

Shockya's exclusive clip from director Timothy Woodward Jr.'s Western, 'Hickok,' which features Luke Hemsworth and Kris Kristofferson

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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