The Reservation Dogs premiere is just weeks away and I am beyond excited. Not only did we get a new teaser today, we also get the first poster for the series featuring the young Indigenous cast. This is the first series featuring all Indigenous writers, directors and lead cast. Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo created the series.
Reservation Dogs stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear, Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan, Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack and Lane Factor as Cheese. After their friend dies, the gang decides to make his dream theirs. The only way they know to raise the money is to steal it. The show also features some of who’s who in Indigenous film. Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski, Tara Podemski, Dallas Goldtooth are just some of the names listed on show’s IMDB page. But the focus for the poster is on the four leads.
The four young teens stand under a cloudy Oklahoma sky (yes, it really is that beautiful). Willie Jack and Cheese’s faces are covered by bandanas, but we can clearly see Bear and Elora’s faces. They look like they’re about to take care of business, but who knows. Maybe they just look that cool all the time. Check out the first Reservation Dogs poster below. The photo is credit to Osage creative Ryan RedCorn.
Reservation Dogs Synopsis:
Bear Smallhill (Woon-A-Tai) is destined to be a warrior, and a leader. The only problem is he’s not a good fighter, and the gang doesn’t really consider him the leader. But with the guidance of a questionable spirit guide, he just might get there. Elora Danan (Jacobs) may be the true leader of the group. But she’s so focused on getting to California, and so oblivious to her own power, that she often can’t see the beauty and goodness in herself and all around her. Smart-mouthed tough girl Willie Jack (Alexis) is the beating heart of the group. She’s always looking out for her crew. Meanwhile, Cheese (Factor) is the gentle, quiet ride-or-die who is so willing to go along with the group that he never stops to consider what his own dreams might be.
One year ago, Daniel, the fifth member of the Reservation Dogs, died. Struggling to make sense of the loss, the remaining four blame the reservation, its poverty and its ability to crush the spirit. They decide to honor Daniel by adopting his dream of getting to California as their own. To succeed, they will have to save enough money, outmaneuver the methheads at the junkyard on the edge of town, constantly dodge conspiracy-obsessed Lighthorseman Big (McClarnon) and survive a gang war against a much tougher rival gang, led by the enigmatic Jackie (Guerra).
Reservation Dogs premieres exclusively on FX on Hulu on August 9.