You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Taylor Sheridan Waited to Prove Himself as a Storyteller Before Directing ‘Wind River’

After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham.

The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and eventually made its way to Cannes, where Sheridan won best director in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. In his first directorial effort in six years — after he helmed his first film: the little-known 2011 microbudget indie-horror “Vile” — Sheridan describes his process as a “constant evolution.”

“Once I finished ‘Sicario,’ I knew I wanted to follow it up with ‘Hell or High Water,’” Sheridan said. “It’s something I’ve been waiting for, and have been patient with, until I had proven myself as a storyteller and [been] trusted with the responsibility.”

The film follows novice FBI agent Jane Banner (Olsen) and veteran U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent Cory Lambert (Renner) as they investigate a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation during the frigid Wyoming winter.

In preparation for her role, Olsen completed training in martial arts, self-defense, and shooting, months before filming began. Although the instruction readied her for filming in harsh weather conditions, she said it was the strength of her character that allowed her to push through the hardest of times.

“I really admire [Jane’s] tenacity and her belief in her own abilities and bravery,” Olsen said. “I’m someone who is a fear-based person, so it’s a quality that I wish I had more of.”

Renner, who also starred with Olsen in “Avengers: Infinity War,” also felt a special connection to his character. He said most of the training he applied to the role was a result of his own life experience.

“This role was special to me because it was very personal,” Renner stated. “[Cory] is a type of person I aspire to be and try to be. It requires a lot of strength, dealing with tragedy and loss, and still be compassionate and thoughtful and giving. He’s a protector without being aggressive.”

“Wind River” hits theaters nationwide on Aug. 4.

More Scene

  • Dolly PartonArtist Keynote 'Dolly Parton and

    Dolly Parton Starts 'Politicking' for Oscar Nomination for 'Dumplin'' Song

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Max Mutchnick and David KohanGLSEN Respect

    'Will & Grace' Co-Creator Doesn't Want to See Tim Allen Get Political on 'Last Man Standing'

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Katy Perry amfar

    Katy Perry Chides Los Angeles Mayor Over 'Those F---ing Bird Scooters'

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Katy Perry Taylor Swift

    Katy Perry Praises Taylor Swift for Political Instagrams (EXCLUSIVE)

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Travis KnightVariety New Leaders, Arrivals, Los

    How 'Bumblebee' Director Travis Knight Turned 'Soul Crushing Rejection' into Success

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Darren Criss and Nick Jonas'Beyond' GLAAD

    Nick Jonas, Darren Criss Help Raise $400,000 at Justin Tranter's GLAAD Benefit

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

  • Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas in

    'Game of Thrones': Will Joe Jonas Appear on Final Season With Fiancee Sophie Turner?

    After a long journey to the big screen, “Wind River” made its way to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan was joined at the premiere by Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Jon Bernthal, and Gil Birmingham. The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content