Fans of the well-known American actor Sam Elliott are going to want to be sure to mark their calenders, after watching the first official trailer for the forthcoming film The Hero. Well known for numerous big screen roles in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century – notably including Road House and The Big Lebowski – Elliott is a frequent character actor whose dramatic presence is just as well known as his unmistakable physical profile (one that is frequently accompanied by his distinctive set of white whiskers).

Even if Elliott remains something of a barely-kept secret among movie buffs and industry insiders, that hasn’t stopped the actor from continuing to turn in spot on supporting roles in wildly successful sitcoms like Parks and Recreation and the FX original drama series Justified. Furthermore, his turn in the 2015 independent movie I’ll See You in My Dreams – which was written and directed by rising filmmaker Brett Haley – continued to solidify his reputation as an ever dependable performer, thus laying the groundwork for The Hero.

In the footage featured above, potential viewers can get their first look at Elliott in The Hero, a feature film that will see Elliott taking on the role of Lee Hayden: an aging Hollywood icon most famous for his starring turn in a famous Western. Estranged from his adult daughter – played by none other than Jessica Jones herself, Krysten Ritter – and struggling to come to terms with his own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, The Hero should offer Elliott fans the world over a drama with plenty of meat to sink their teeth into.

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Including supporting turns from the likes of fellow Parks and Recreation alumnus Nick Offerman, Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon, and Hollywood royalty Katherine Ross, The Hero sees Elliott and writer/director Haley reuniting in the making of what may well be one of the more pleasing independent films of the year. Elliott fans won’t want to miss out on seeing The Hero when it makes its way to theaters later this summer, and casual viewers might just want to take notice as well.

Elliott and Haley proved to be an unexpected match made in heaven when they worked together previously on I’ll See You in My Dreams, and The Hero is definitely shaping up into a more than worthy successor. Only time will tell just how much interest the new movie will generate at the box office, so here’s to hoping for the very best for one of Hollywood’s unsung heroes.

The Hero hits U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017.

Source: The Orchard