The first trailer for HBO’s highly-anticipated Deadwood movie has been released.
The cult TV series originally aired on the US network for three seasons between 2004 and 2006. Since then, rumours about a film have circulated, with reports in 2017 suggesting a script had been completed. HBO only confirmed a film was being produced in July 2018.
The trailer gives fans a first look at characters including Al Swearengen (played by Ian McShane), Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), and Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker). “This town is a sanctuary,” the clip begins. Watch it below:
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The end of the trailer also reveals the film’s release date to be May 31. As previously reported, the movie will also see the return of actors including Paula Malcomson (who plays Trixie), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), and more.
Written by original series creator David Milch, the film’s director is Dan Minahan, who directed four episodes of the Deadwood series.
So far, the only synopsis released reveals little about what to expect from the movie. “The indelible characters of the series are reunited after 10 years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood,” it reads. “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.”
In 2017, W Earl Brown, who played Dan Dority in the show, took to Twitter to reveal his reactions to the Deadwood film script.
“I’ve read, or had Dave read to me, sections of it over the last two years,” he wrote. “I now have the completed version. While it may lack the physical heft of olde, its emotional and philosophical heft is gargantuan. The hour and half it took me to read was fucking thrilling and fucking heartbreaking.”