Kathleen Quinlan and Giovanni Ribisi also will appear in Costner’s Western epic.
Award-winning actor and rodeo competitor Glynn Turman has signed on for a role in Horizon: An American Saga, Kevin Costner’s four-movie Western epic now shooting in Utah.
According to the showbiz news website Deadline, Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13, Family Law) and Giovanni Ribisi (Sneaky Pete, Avatar) are other recent additions to a large cast that already includes Costner, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Ella Hunt, Will Patton, Luke Wilson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Thomas Haden Church.
Turman, whose diverse credits range from the original Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun to the movies Cooley High, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (for which he received a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award as Best Supporting Actor) and 80 for Brady, developed a love for horses as a young child and grew up training them. The New York-born actor has spent much of his life as an accomplished horseman, cowboy, and team-roping champion, and served as the Grand Marshal for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo over 30 times. In November 2011, he was inducted into the Western Heritage Multi-Cultural Museum's Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.
Along with his wife Jo-Ann, Turman owns and operates IX Winds Ranch, a 20-acre spread in Lake Hughes, California. In 1992, they co-founded at IX Winds a free western-style summer camp program called Camp Gid D Up for inner-city and at-risk youth. The project is a fulfilment of a promise they made to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King to help bring peace among youth gangs, and to help youth in the community after the riots of the 1990s.
In 2022, Turman made his modeling debut at the age of 73, when Beyoncé — yes, that Beyoncé — asked him to star in her Ivy Park Rodeo campaign. “Yeah, it was a big deal. It was something that I did not expect to happen,” Turman told the New York Post. “I didn’t realize it was going to turn me into the face of that collection,” he continued. “But it’s a wonderful thing that it came up at dinner with Beyoncé and her family… We know each other, and she knows my rodeo history.”
Described as a tale spanning 15 years both before and after the Civil War expansion and settlement of the American West, Horizon is a long-cherished dream project for Kevin Costner. “America’s expansion into the West was one that was fraught with peril and intrigue from the natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at many times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle it,” Costner told Deadline last year. “Horizon tells the story of that journey in an honest and forthcoming way, highlighting the points of view and consequences of the characters life and death decisions.”
Current plans call for Horizon to be presented as four two-hour and 45-minute films premiering three months apart. Initially, at least.
“I’m happiest because at one point in TV — where you can get your largest audience — they’re going to get to see it the way I intended it to be seen,” Costner told the trade paper Variety. “It will eventually be cut up into [hour-long episodes] or 42 minutes — however TV works. But their first viewing of it will be as four two-hour and 45-minute movies. And every three months, one will come out. If you’re interested in those characters, the hope is that you’ll really want to watch the next one, but it won’t be in hour segments.”
Speaking of one-hour segments: There’s still no official word yet regarding when — or if — Costner will be returning to complete the remaining Season 5 episodes of Yellowstone. Watch this space for further developments.