Willem Dafoe will most likely be nominated for an Oscar this upcoming awards season for his performance in ‘The Lighthouse’ but we’re not here to talk about that.
Instead, we’re here to talk about Dafoe’s next film, Togo. The Disney+ film is one of ten original films that will be available to stream within the streaming service’s first year.
Togo was a sled dog who, in 1925, helped prevent a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska by delivering an antitoxin serum through the punishing elements. Nome is a sparsely populated coastal town in northwestern Alaska whose average low winter temperatures hover at about -2 Fahrenheit.
In 1925, temperatures dipped to -50 with whiteouts and gale force winds. The work of another Siberian Husky, Balto, brought the town into public consciousness that year. He led his dog team on the final run of that same mission.
Dafoe plays Leonhard Seppala in the film, the veteran dogsled trainer who picks Togo to lead the dangerous run.
“It’s a beautiful story of an underdog (no pun intended) and how we can learn from adversity,” Dafoe told reporters.
Check out the first look image below. Togo will be available to stream on Disney+ December 13, 2019.