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Netflix released the first trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Wednesday.
The Joel and Ethan Coen film, which was directed, written and produced by the brothers, is a six-part western anthology film, with separate titles for each part. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the story of a sharp-shooting singer (Tim Blake Nelson). Near Algodones follows a wannabe bank robber (James Franco) who pays his dues. The gothic tale Meal Ticket is about two worn-out traveling performers. All Gold Canyon follows a prospector (Tom Waits) mining for gold, while The Gal Who Got Rattled tells the story of a woman (Zoe Kazan) who finds love on a wagon train venturing across a prairie. The film concludes with The Mortal Remains, as a woman (Tyne Daly) is skeptical of a motley crew of strangers who go on a final carriage ride.
The anthology film also stars Liam Neeson, Willie Watson, David Krumholtz, Harry Melling, Ralph Ineson, Grainger Hines, Brendan Gleeson, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root and Bill Heck.
The trailer opens with a man in the Old West stating that he will share some stories with his fellow travelers in a stagecoach. “People can’t get enough of them because, well, they connect the stories to themselves, I suppose,” he says as clips from the many stories he’s about to share are played. “We all love hearing about ourselves, so long as the people in the stories are us, but not us.”
Buster Scruggs is then seen walking into a bar and declaring who he is. After he is asked if his “shooting iron” works, he shows off his handy work by twirling around his gun and eventually pulling the trigger. “It appears to do, yes,” he responds.
Another clip shows Franco’s robber cowboy with a noose around his neck. “Do you have anything to say before your sentence is carried out?” he is asked before responding, “Sentence? What’s my sentence?”
A montage of clips that give glimpses of the other stories told in the film follows.
The trailer concludes with Franco’s robber standing in front of the townspeople as he and other men are about to be hung. As one man cries next to him, the robber asks, “First time?”
The western anthology film marks the first Coen Brothers’ first film since 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis. The 2018 western debuted at the Venice International Film Festival in August and won the best screenplay award.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will become available to stream on Netflix on Nov. 16. Watch the full trailer above.
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