Rutger Hauer shooting Shotgun

Feature version of mock exploitation trailer starts work in Nova Scotia -- with Dutch star playing well-armed hobo

HALIFAX — Some three years after its trailer scored at SXSW, Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun goes to camera this week in Nova Scotia with Rutger Hauer in the lead.

Rutger Hauer

Budgeted at between $3 million and $3.5 million, the feature is a full-length version of the trailer that won the Grindhouse contest put on by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, who were looking for faux trailers in the spirit of ’70s-era exploitation flicks, at the 2007 music festival. The Hobo trailer showed on prints of Tarantino and Rodriguez’s Grindhouse through the Canadian theatrical run.

The expanded version was scripted by John Davies. Eisener will shoot Hobo with a Shotgun over 25 days until May 21. Producers include Rhombus Media’s Niv Fichman (Passchendaele), Frank Siracusa of Whizbang Films, and Rob Cotterill, who produced the trailer and is partnered with Eisener. Andrea Raffaghello will line produce.

The hobo in question — who is out to clean up a corrupt town, one shell at a time — is played by Hauer (Batman Begins). Other cast include Brian Downey (Just Buried) and Greg Smith (Everwood). Molly Dunsworth, sister and daughter of Trailer Park Boys alums Sarah and John Dunsworth, respectively, plays Abby, a prostitute who befriends the hobo. And speaking of TPB, Robb Wells, writer and one of the stars of the popular series and films, will make an appearance.