On Monday HBO gave fans of “Deadwood” the news they’ve been waiting 12 years, 2 months and 9 days for: the long-rumored TV movie has begun production in Los Angeles. The last episode of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning western aired August 27, 2006, with talks of a wrap-up movie being teased several times over the past dozen years. But now it’s finally official, according to HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys. So which cast members are returning for the telefilm?
Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (Al Swearengen) and Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock) are not only back as the lead actors, but they’ll also serve as executive producers along with David Milch, Daniel Minahan, Carolyn Strauss, Gregg Fienberg and Scott Stephens. Milch wrote the telefilm while Minahan will serve as the director.
Also back in action are 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). One new cast member will be joining the “Deadwood” posse: Jade Pettyjohn (Caroline). Sadly, Powers Boothe (Cy Tolliver) won’t be returning for the reunion film as he passed away in 2017.
Here is how HBO describes the upcoming “Deadwood” film: “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.”
During the show’s original three-year run the Emmys honored “Deadwood” with 28 nominations including acting bids for Drama Actor McShane, Supporting Actress Weigert and Supporting Actor Dourif. “Deadwood” won Emmys Best Drama Directing for Walter Hill, Best Sound Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Best Hairstyling, Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup (twice).