Thandiwe Newton Starrer “GOD’S COUNTRY” Adds Five

Production resumes after pandemic shutdown

Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade today announced five additional principal cast members of their neo-Western thriller “God’s Country.” 

Set against the snowy backdrop of the Mountain West, the film stars “Westworld” Emmy-winner Thandiwe Newton as Sandra, a small-town college professor who becomes embroiled in an escalating confrontation with a pair of trespassing hunters.

Joris Jarsky (“The Little Things”) and Jefferson White (“Yellowstone”) play the two intruders encroaching on Sandra’s territory. Veteran character actor Jeremy Bobb (“The Knick”) plays a local sheriff drawn into the conflict. Kai Lennox (“Green Room”) and Tanaya Beatty (“Through Black Spruce”) round out the cast as Sandra’s department chair and favorite student, respectively. Mark Bennett (“Destroyer”) handled casting for the production.

Principal photography on “God’s Country” began in early 2020 but was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and put on hold until shooting finally resumed this March. Adapted from a short story by celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Lee Burke, the project marks the feature film debut of director Julian Higgins, who penned the screenplay in collaboration with writer Shaye Ogbonna.

Cold Iron CEO Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall are producing the film, along with Halee Bernard and Higgins. Anthony Ciardelli and The Film Arcade’s Jason Beck serve as Executive Producers. ICM Partners is representing the film.


Cold Iron Pictures is dedicated to developing and producing quality films. Titles include NORMAN, SWISS ARMY MAN, DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, TIME OUT OF MIND. 


The company handles all marketing, publicity, social media, distribution and media buying for its theatrical releases, and has a home entertainment distribution deal with Universal Pictures. The company previously released Mike Birbiglia’s sophomore film DON’T THINK TWICE, which has grossed over $4M at the U.S. box office. In 2019 The Film Arcade released FAMILY and BEING FRANK, two comedies that were acquired at SXSW.

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