The wait is finally over: Production is officially underway on HBO’s upcoming Deadwood movie giving everyone much reason to rejoice! It’s been more than a decade since the original series ended, but now, many of the cast and crew are coming back in order to finally wrap the story up in a way that they were not able to beforehand. This is something fans of the show (including us!) have been clamoring for – for years!
So with filming kicking off, who is coming back? According to a report from Deadline, Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), 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) are all going to be taking part in the new movie. While many of these actors have other roles — including McShane on American Gods, Olyphant on Santa Clarita Diet and McRaney on This Is Us, NCIS: Los Angeles, and others, the producers were able to get them on board at the right time. Dickens and Malcomson are coming off of roles on Fear the Walking Dead and Ray Donovan, though we don’t know if there would have been any production interference even if they did remain a part of those shows.
The Deadwood movie, based on the start of filming, is probably going to premiere sometimes in 2019. We do think it will take a little bit of time in order to properly film and edit it, but summer would be the ideal launch date in our mind — it could almost feel like the network’s version of a big summer tentpole.
Do we think that this project is going to get numbers anywhere close to Game of Thrones? Far from it, but at the same time, we are reasonably confident that it will be able to pull numbers that are very much solid. The majority of people who have seen Deadwood are going to tune in and now that some buzz is coming out about the movie, it’s a great time to bring in some new viewers since there will be more coming up.
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