Swearengen and Bullock are back with that poetic string of cuss words. HBO has finally released the trailer for the upcoming ‘Deadwood‘ movie. The film is a follow-up to David Milch’s critically acclaimed Western drama series of the same name. The stars of the cult series, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant reprise their roles in the movie. McShane’s Al Swearengen churns out his famous cuss words once again in the trailer while Olyphant’s Seth Bullock looking a little old.
‘Deadwood’ reunites the cult characters who debuted 15 years ago on HBO. The movie adaptation also brings back the inevitable gunslinging, saloon fights, gore, deception, vengeance, and corruption. Apart from McShane and Olyphant, the returning cast members include Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, Gerald McRaney, Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown, and Keone Young. Jade Pettyjohn is the new member in the cast.
The trailer, and a teaser released last month give us a sneak peek into the gritty world unsettled rivalries, shaky alliances and burning old wounds. Though there are obvious changes in the setting and characters, they are the same inside. And, when old friends and foes return for a reunion, it is almost like they never quite left. “The indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought,” says the official summary released by HBO.
The movie is directed by Daniel Minahan from a screenplay written by David Milch. Minahan is known for directing four episodes of ‘Deadwood‘ series and has shows like ‘True Blood’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ to his credit. McShane, Olyphant, Carolyn Strauss, Daniel Minahan, Gregg Fienberg, and Scott Stephens executive produce the film along with Milch. Regina Corrado also joins the project as Co-executive producer.
‘Deadwood’ drama series ran for three seasons and 36 episodes on HBO from 2004 to 2006. The series earned a cult following as well as 28 Emmy nominations, out of which it won 8. McShane bagged a Golden Globe Award for Best Performer by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his portrayal of Al Swearengen. Set in Deadwood, South Dakota, the series chronicles the growth of a camp into town. The plot revolves around real-life Deadwood men Al Swearengen and Seth Bullock. The show is created, produced and co-written by David Milch. He reportedly referenced actual documents like personal diaries and newspaper reports from the period for the script. Milch’s writing and McShane’s portrayal of Swearengen were acclaimed by critics and viewers alike.
Milch has recently revealed he has Alzheimer’s disease. “Certain complications were present throughout and compounded as time progressed,” Milch told Rolling Stone during the shooting of ‘Deadwood’ movie. “I’m thankful to report my writing process has remained largely as it was. Each day is as it comes. We endeavor to meet life on life’s terms — not impose our ambitions on it, to be useful within the present moment,” he added.
Check out the trailer below.
‘Deadwood’ movie debuts on HBO on May 31, 2019.