Togo’s story is ready to be told! Starring Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson. The untold true story set in the winter of 1925. It treks across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure. One man’s strength, courage, and determination will be tested. Who you might ask? Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo, of course. The poignant and emotional adventure debuts on Disney+ on Dec. 20, 2019.
Synopsis of Togo.
When a deadly epidemic strikes the town of Nome, Alaska, and the only cure is more than 600 miles away. The town looks to champion dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) to help transport an antitoxin serum. Seppala turns to Togo, an unassuming, undersized and aging Siberian husky, to be his lead. His wife (Julianne Nicholson) has championed Togo since his days as a mischievous puppy who could dig himself out of any situation literally and figuratively. Seppala, having observed Togo’s loyalty and tenacious spirit knows Togo offers his only chance of surviving this mission.
Undaunted by the massive storm heading their way or his wife’s urging him not to go, Seppala and Togo set out on the deadliest leg of what becomes a larger relay. Involving multiple mushers and gale-force winds and a wind chill factor dipping to 70 degrees below zero with little to no visibility. It is a harrowing journey on which Togo saves Seppala from certain death. Causing the veteran musher to grasp the depth and intensity of his feelings for his lead dog, even as he risks running him to his death.
They complete the task in time with Togo going down in history as one of the greatest sled dogs ever. But it is this unbreakable bond between man and dog which is the ultimate prize and which truly saves Seppala. An untold true story starring four-time Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe as Leonhard Seppala, Togo is directed by Ericson Core and written by Tom Flynn and produced by Kim Zubick, with Douglas S. Jones serving as executive producer. Also, the film also stars Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer, Michael Greyeyes, Michael McElhatton and Michael Gaston.
Final Thoughts on Togo
Togo’s story is ready to be told! The hype is real, in a story where the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s up to the troublemaker dog to save the day with the qualities that make him unique and a survivor. Who better to play his master that Willem Dafoe. He has shown us in movies like Aquaman how he can serve as a mentor. Also, Dafoe always delivers when he has to play the hard intimidating man with a soft spot. In this movie that’s what he is going to bring to the table some pressure, frustration, compassion, and heart. Finally, Togo will be an exemplary tale for those who feel incompetent and out of place that they can overcome that and become part of history.
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