"The Old Way"
Produced by the Leander-based Sasha Yelaun, The Old Way represents the first time Nicolas Cage has saddled up for a western in his 40-year career. Cage stars as Colton Briggs, a retired gunslinger enjoying a quiet life as a family man and a general store owner. Briggs' bloody past catches up with him when James McCallister (Noah Le Gros), the now-adult son of a man Briggs killed two decades earlier in front of him, murders Briggs’ wife as payback. Briggs embarks on a quest of vengeance, bringing with his preteen daughter Brooke (Firestarter and Black Widow’s Ryan Kiera Armstrong), who struggles emotionally to cope with her mother’s tragic death while trying to understand and accept her father’s violent past. Directed by Acts of Violence’s Brett Donowho, The Old Way opened Jan. 6 in theaters and will be available for digital and on-demand viewing beginning Jan. 13. Leander resident Sasha Yelaun relocated from California to Texas in 2020, a year after the release of the first western he produced, Hell on the Border, which starred David Gyasi, Ron Perlman, and Frank Grillo. A producer of features and shorts for more than 14 years, Yelaun’s prior projects includes the Rosa-Salazar-John Malkovich drama Chariot, the Christina Ricci chiller Monstrous, the Anne Heche-Thomas Jane mystery The Vanished, and the Taye Diggs-John Cusack thriller River Runs Red. He is currently producing the Isaac Florentine-directed action film Hellfire, starring Stephen Lang, Harvey Keitel, and Dolph Lundgren; the thriller Deep Six, starring Cam Gigandet and Tom Welling; and the dark comedy Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose, starring Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, and Christopher Lloyd.
Aired: Jan. 10, 2023.