“A loner and cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.” – A24
First Cow is a 2019 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt, from a screenplay by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond, based on Raymond’s novel “The Half Life.” It stars John Magaro, Orion Lee, and René Auberjonois in his final film role.
- Starring : John Magaro / Orion Lee
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Kelly Reichardt
- Production : Film Science
- Distributor : A24
First Cow movie
First Cow release date
- August 30, 2019 : USA (Telluride Film Festival)
- September 28, 2019 : USA (New York Film Festival)
- March 6, 2020 : USA
First Cow cast
- John Magaro as Cookie Figowitz
- Orion Lee as King Lu
- Rene Auberjonois
- Toby Jones
- Ewen Bremner
- Scott Shepherd
- Alia Shawkat
- Gary Farmer
- Lily Gladstone
- Dylan Smith as Jack
- Mitchell Saddleback as Chief Factor Servant
- John Keating as Pat
- Clayton Nemrow as Clyde
- Ted Rooney as Fort Trapper
- Patrick D. Green as Russian Trapper
“First Cow” had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020, by A24.
In October 2018, it was announced that Kelly Reichardt would direct the film, from a screenplay she wrote alongside Jonathan Raymond. Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, Scott Rudin, and Eli Bush will produce First Cow under their FilmScience and Scott Rudin Productions banners, respectively, while A24 will distribute. In November 2018, René Auberjonois was cast in the film. In March 2019, it was announced John Magaro had joined the cast.
American actor John Magaro (age 36) plays the lead role of Cookie Figowitz in the film. Magaro starred in the Walmart/Coke commercial entitled Extended Family that played in theatres in 2008. Then he starred in Not Fade Away, which was released in 2012. He also appeared in The Big Short, Carol (2015) and had roles in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and The Umbrella Academy. Magaro also made his Broadway debut as Earl Williams in the hit revival of The Front Page in 2016. He is described as a transformative ang versatile actor.
Playing the role of King Lu, is actor Orion Lee, who worked in the finance industry as a fund manager before retraining as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
American actor, singer, voice artist and filmmaker René Auberjonois (deceased) had his final film role in First Cow. Auberjonois appeared in the film version of MASH (1970) and King Kong (1976). He sang “Les Poissons” as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid (1989) and voiced the character “Flanagan” in the American animated musical comedy film Cats Don’t Dance (1997). On TV, Auberjonois portrayed Clayton Endicott III on Benson, and received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance. He also starred in Boston Legal and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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