Luke Wilson Uncertain About Costner Casting Him in 'Horizon'

Luke Wilson shares candid casting tale from 'Horizon'

by Zain ul Abedin
Luke Wilson Uncertain About Costner Casting Him in 'Horizon'
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In an interview with PEOPLE, the talented 52-year-old actor Luke Wilson tells an interesting story about the casting for the new western epic Horizon, directed and starring Kevin Costner. Wilson, who has switched between drama and Western movies and has comedy in “The Ridiculous 6” this year, states that "Horizon" was different from the previous characters he has portrayed.

This history-bending epic is a story concerning the adventurous West during the American Civil War period. It features such celebrities as Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Jena Malone, and others. For Wilson, getting to work on such a project was a dream, especially when being a huge fan of Costner, an Oscar-winning director of "Dances with Wolves."

Wilson's Casting Surprise

Wilson’s conversation with Costner over a Zoom call where the former was in New Jersey and the latter in Utah was as much a formality as it was an interview.

Finally, Wilson paid much attention to the presence of Costner on the set, which the former compared to the concentration of his own father. It was in the course of this conversation that Costner jokingly asked Wilson whether he was working on the project or not and Wilson was caught unawares.

Recalling this encounter, Wilson smiled, "He said, ‘Well, I hope you'll want to come work with me.’'And I was just kind of sitting there. I thought, ‘Shoot, this guy just offered me the job!’. " The role that Wilson took on in the TV show Horizon, playing the character of Matthew Van Weyden, marks a shift in his career, which is in line with his progressive journey in the industry.

From his first films in Hollywood along with his brother Owen Wilson and director Wes Anderson, Luke Wilson enjoys the opportunities that keep his job fresh and exciting. As "Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1" goes through a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and before its release in theaters, Wilson looks back at his story.

From his debut in "Bottle Rocket" to his most recent endeavor in "Horizon," he also finds joy in the development of his career and the fresh experiences he continues to find interesting even after thirty years in the industry.

This project not only enriches his filmo-graphy with a unique story but also benchmarks this type of narrative, which was inspired by the American frontier.