Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and other veterans of the 2004-06 series will return in their original roles.
Over 12 years after Deadwood ended its three-season run on HBO, the pay-cable network made an announcement Monday certain to please fans of the gritty western series: A long-promised TV-movie sequel featuring most of the original cast members has gone into production in Los Angeles.
Among the returnees: Timothy Olyphant (as Seth Bullock), Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst). The movie also will feature a new cast member, Jade Pettyjohn (playing Caroline).
Unfortunately, Powers Boothe (Cy Tolliver) won’t be returning for the reunion — the acclaimed character actor passed away last year.
The official HBO plot synopsis: “The indelible characters of the series are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.”
As Al Swearengen would say… well, come to think of it, maybe we’d better not print anything Al Swearengen would say. He’d probably use a fair share of industrial-strength profanity while simply passing on the news that Deadwood: The Movie (or whatever the bleep they decide to call it) is scheduled to premiere on HBO in 2019.