When talks of Disney+ first began, one of the films Disney first mentioned bringing to the streamer was Togo starring William Dafoe (Spider-Man). Now, thanks to People, we get our first look at the film.
Togo focuses on the true story of an unlikely friendship between two key figures, sled dog Togo and driver Leonhard Seppala (Defoe).
Dafoe talked a little about the film with People.
“It’s a beautiful story of an underdog (no pun intended) and how we can learn from adversity, They will see beautiful nature, a world past, with touching relationships between the characters in a suspenseful adventure story,”
In the 1925 Nome Serum Run, dog sleds transported diphtheria serum over nearly 700 miles to save the city from an epidemic, and this film focuses on two key figures, sled dog Togo and driver Leonhard Seppala. Togo was born sickly and small, and required special care from Seppala’s wife. He only grew to around 48 lbs. as an adult, which is considered too small to make a lead dog. But Togo proved himself with his spirit and tenacity by jumping through a kennel window and running miles back to Seppala after he tried to give him away. During Seppala’s runs, Togo would follow the teams and lead them off the trail in charges against reindeer; Seppala had no choice but to put him in a harness to keep the other dog’s on task, and to his surprise, Togo calmed down immediately and shared the lead position by the end of his first run. Most people close to the story consider Balto the backup dog, as Togo led Seppala’s sled through the most dangerous territory of the run. In fact, Seppala was angry hat Hollywood had wanted to do a film that about Balto and the run without any mention of Togo. Now, there’s an opportunity to set the story straight, and give Togo the scratchbehind-the-ear he deserves.
Togo will be directed by Ericson Core, Who directed Disney’s Invincible in 2006, from a script by Tom Flynn (Gifted). Doug Jones is on board as a producer. The film also stars Thorbjørn Harr, and Julianne Nicholson.
Togo will premiere on December 13, 2019. on the new streaming service Disney+.