FX will premiere the limited-run series July 18.
Timothy Olyphant has dusted off his Stetson and stepped back into the role of Raylan Givens for Justified: City Primeval, an eight-part limited-run series that continues the story of the lawman who arrested our attention for six seasons of Justified. The sequel, scheduled to premiere July 18 on FX, is based on the novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit by Elmore Leonard, the same author whose novella Fire in the Hole inspired the award-winning original 2010-2015 series.
Here’s the official logline: “Having left the hollers of Kentucky 15 years ago, Raylan Givens now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl. His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind. A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends him to Detroit. There he crosses paths with Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again. Mansell’s lawyer, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even as she finds herself caught in between cop and criminal, with her own game afoot as well. These three characters set out on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard fashion, to see who makes it out of the City Primeval alive.”
“This story’s kind of a three-hander,” showrunner Michael Dinner told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s about Raylan, Clement Mansell, and the third character is this woman defense attorney, Carolyn Wilder, who in some ways is kind of locked at the wrists and ankles, not by her doing, to Clement Mansell. But then there’s a fourth character, which is the city of Detroit. Raylan’s a little bit of a fish out of water in a place that he doesn’t understand as well as he understood where he grew up in Kentucky — or Miami, where he lives. So that’s the core of this story, and then anybody else that appears in it is just organic to the storytelling itself.”
And here is the first teaser trailer for Justified: City Primeval.