The 2017 neo-Western murder mystery film which is currently on FOX+ first premiered at the Sundance Festival of the same year and has received praises from critics and fans alike. The film, starring Jeremy Renner as a veteran wildlife tracker and Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent, follows the journey of the two as they attempt to solve the murder of a young Native American woman. Writer and director Taylor Sheridan shared that the film is based on true events, though not any one specific one but “thousands of actual stories” like the one featured in the film.
Critics have lauded the film’s intelligent writing and chilling, authentic direction. The thriller was also praised for it’s great characters that played well against the haunting setting of the snowy Wyoming mountains.
Here are some interesting facts about the unforgettable backdrop of this riveting mystery film.
1. Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote
Now with the nickname “equality state” (their state motto being “equal rights”,) Wyoming first allowed women voters in 1869 — the first ever being 69-year-old Louisa Ann Swain. Wyoming also elected the country’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, in 1925.
2. The state inspired a world-famous outlaw
In 1887, 15-year-old Harry Alonzo Longabaugh was arrested for stealing a horse, a saddle, and a gun from a ranch in Sundance, Wyoming. He then got inspired to nickname himself “The Sundance Kid”
3. Wyoming has islands
Even though it’s landlocked, Wyoming has dozen of islands within the state borders. Majority of these 32 islands are located inside Green River, Yellowstone Lake, and Jackson Lake.
4. There are only 2 escalators in the entire state
In the whole of Wyoming, there are only 2 sets of escalators (4, if you count don’t count it as a set) and both are located in banks inside the city of Casper. According to some experts, there isn’t one single explanation they can trace it back to, but it could be for various reasons including the ease of construction, fire hazards, and the size and shape of the state itself.
5. It has proof of old-school traffic
Because there was so much wagon traffic in Wyoming throughout the 19th century, people are still finding wagon wheel ruts all over the state today.
6. It has the country’s first national monument
The Devil’s Tower, a rock formation (laccolithic butte) composed of igneous rocks I the Bear Lodge Mountains, was named the country’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.
7. Famous Wyomingites
Wyoming is home to many famous figures from around the globe, including actor Harrison Ford and painter Jackson Pollock.
8. Wyoming is a movie-setting favorite
Iconic movies throughout the years have used the snowy mountains and haunting fields of Wyoming as a backdrop to their stories. These include Brokeback Mountain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and recently, Wind River.
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