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NATIONAL ANTHEM Trailer: Charlie Plummer Discovers Love and Self in Queer Cowboy Drama

Charlie Plummer in Luke Gilford's NATIONAL ANTHEM

Charlie Plummer finds love and discovers his own version of the American dream in National Anthem. Photographer Luke Gilford directs in his feature-length debut from a script he penned alongside Kevin Best and David Largman Murray. Premiering at last year’s SXSW and TIFF, it follows a young Texas man (Plummer) who starts working on a ranch alongside queer rodeo performers where he falls for a trans cowgirl (Eve Lindley). Rene Rosado, Mason Alexander Park, and Robyn Lively also star. Ahead of its July theatrical release, Variance Films has just released the official trailer.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Dylan (Charlie Plummer), a soft-spoken 21-year-old construction worker, is the de facto father figure to his little brother and works odd jobs to help the family get by. After he finds himself with the opportunity to work at a ranch, he is welcomed by a vibrant community of rodeo performers who openly explore their identities and sexuality. He is especially drawn to Sky (Eve Lindley), a force of nature who Dylan connects with deeply, as he begins to forge his own identity. Writer/Director Luke Gilford, making his feature film directorial debut, sets his moving and exhilarating cinematic reinvention of the coming-of-age story against stunning Western landscapes to boldly reimagine a hopeful exploration of first love, found family, and self-discovery that is both timely and timeless.  

National Anthem arrives in select theaters July 12, before expanding nationwide on July 19. Check out the trailer and poster below.

National Anthem Official Poster


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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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