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Haley Lu Richardson On A Roll With “White Lotus” And “Montana Story”

On a break from shooting the second season of the critically acclaimed HBO series The White Lotus in Italy, rising star Haley Lu Richardson is at a seaside hotel overlooking a harbor filled with small, colorful boats bobbing along on the waves.

Phoenix-native Richardson, best known for her guest-starring role as queen bee Tess on the supernatural teen drama series Ravenswood and more recently the indie female buddy dramedy Unpregnant, now stars as a young woman overcoming trauma and finding forgiveness in the drama Montana Story.

As Erin, she returns to her estranged father’s Montana ranch as he lies in a coma following a stroke. There, she uncomfortably reunites with her younger half-brother, Cal (Owen Teague) whom she also hasn’t seen in seven years after she ran away from home as a teenager.

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Haley Lu Richardson: “I’ve retired from playing teenagers”

The 27-year-old star of Edge of Seventeen, Columbus and Unpregnant is growing up with indie Montana Story and a role in the next season of The White Lotus

In the last half decade, Haley Lu Richardson has amassed an impressive variety of roles, from slapstick comedies and indie dramas, united in their striking naturalism.

As the popular best friend to Hailee Steinfeld’s misanthrope in teen comedy Edge of Seventeen, a star-crossed lover with cystic fibrosis in Five Feet Apart and an architecture nerd who befriends a grieving older man in Kogonada’s critically acclaimed Columbus, the 27-year-old American actor’s warmth consistently elevates what could be flat or derivative characters into full-blooded people. She is remarkably good at the more casual, throwaway aspects of life that often translate poorly to screen – Googling Planned Parenthood in Unpregnant, shooting a glance in the memories of a techno-sapien robot in After Yang or, in the case of her new film Montana Story, calling an Uber to her father’s ranch in Big Sky country.

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Montana Story – Official Trailer & Poster

Watch the official trailer for MONTANA STORY.
Only In Theaters This May.

From the acclaimed writer/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (WHAT MAISIE KNEW, THE DEEP END) comes a neo-Western with an emotional tremor hiding beneath it. Two estranged siblings (Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague) return home to the sprawling ranch they once knew and loved, confronting a deep and bitter family legacy against a mythic American backdrop.

Bleecker Street Nabs Western Drama ‘Montana Story’ Starring Haley Lu Richardson

Bleecker Street has landed U.S. rights to “Montana Story,” a Western drama starring Haley Lu Richardson.

The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews. IndieWire praised “Montana Story” as “a patient, captivating portrait of the past that stays with us long after the wind stops blowing.” Bleecker Street plans to release it in theaters sometime in 2022.

Scott McGehee and David Siegel wrote and directed “Montana Story,” which co-stars Owen Teague, Gilbert Owuor, Kimberly Guerrero, Eugene Brave Rock and Asivak Koostachin. The neo-Western centers on two estranged siblings (Richardson and Teague), who return home to the sprawling ranch where they were raised.

“David and Scott’s film cuts to the quick of the pain haunting this American family,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “As their story unfolds, two siblings portrayed beautifully by Haley and Owen, find their own strength in the land around them and the people beside them.”

Add Siegel and McGehee, ”We’re thrilled to be partnering with Bleecker Street, whose total commitment to independent filmmaking and the theatrical experience is so in sync with our own. We’re very excited for them to bring audiences home to Montana.”

The deal was brokered between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Street and ICM Partners. Stage 6 Films picked up all international rights in a separate deal.

The New York-based Bleecker Street’s recent slate includes “Mass” starring Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton; “I’m Your Man” with Dan Stevens; and “Together” featuring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan. The company recently picked up Tim Roth’s suspenseful family drama “Sundown,” as well as Geeta Malik’s family comedy “India Sweets and Spices.”

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