The Duel

The Duel

The Duel is a 2016 American western film directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith and written by Matt Cook. The film stars Liam HemsworthEmory CohenWoody Harrelson and Alice Braga. The film was released for limited release and video on demand on June 24, 2016, by Lionsgate Premiere.


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In the Great Plains during 1880s, Texas Ranger David Kingston is sent to an Old West frontier town Helena to investigate a series of murders and disappearances of local people. In the town, preacher Abraham Brant is keeping all the townsfolk in some kind of fearful grip.



On September 28, 2012, Kieran Darcy-Smith was set to direct the Helena, Texas set western film based on Matt Cook's 2009 black listed script, which David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were announced to produce for their Mandeville Films.[2] On July 1, 2014, it was announced that Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson would be starring in the western film as David Kingston and Abraham Brant.[3] On August 29, Felicity Price was added to the cast.[4] On September 5, William Hurt and Alice Braga also joined the cast of the film. WestEnd Films would handle international sales.[5] Adam Rosenfelt and Maureen Meulen would finance the film and co-produce through their Atomic Entertainment.[5] On October 2, Emory Cohen was added to the film to play Isaac.[6] On October 9, Benedict Samuel joined the film to play Brit who visits the town with his father and brother to participate in the preacher's notorious manhunts.[7]

Nicholas HoultJoel Edgerton and Jamie Bell were once attached to star in the film in 2013.[8]


The filming began on September 15, 2014, in GreenwoodMississippi.[5][9] The shooting mostly took place at the former Florewood State Park, which was transformed into an Old West frontier town.

Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith
Produced by David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
Adam Rosenfelt
Maureen Meulen
Written by Matt Cook
Starring Woody Harrelson
Liam Hemsworth
Alice Braga
Emory Cohen
Felicity Price
José Zúñiga
William Sadler
Music by Craig Eastman
Cinematography Jules O'Loughlin
Edited by Tracy Adams
Blake Hjares
Atomic Entertainment
Mandeville Films
Mississippix Studios
26 Films
Bron Capital Partners
Crystal Wealth
Distributed by Lionsgate Premiere
Release dates
  • June 24, 2016(United States)
Country United States
Language English