Jolie plays Hannah, a smoke jumper who is still reeling from the loss of lives she failed to save from a fire. Well, on this particular day, she’s in for another highly traumatic situation. She comes across a terrified 12-year-old boy (young Australian actor Finn Little, Storm Boy) who’s on the run from two assassins, who, to make matters worse, decide to light a forest fire. Nicholas Hoult and Aiden Gillen play the killers and Jon Bernthal is on board as what looks like a police officer.
Sheridan also co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and Michael Koryta, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Michael Koryta.
Could be a tense ride here. Sheridan, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, has been putting in strong work as director; he helmed strong 2017 thriller Wind River and has directed nine episodes of hit series Yellowstone, which he co-created. He’s got an ambitious canvas here, dealing with an action-thriller and a natural disaster movie in one. Good to see Jolie back in action too (and hey, is it just me or is she – at least visually – channeling Lara Croft again?).
Those Who Wish Me Dead, also starring Tyler Perry, will be in Australian cinemas on May 13th. In the US, it hits both cinemas and HBO Max (for 31 days) on May 14th.