After several years without much progress, the feature film based on the HBO series is finally on the right track.
We're almost there. Following several years of teasers without any real progress, the Deadwood feature film project seemed likely to disappear without ever seeing the light of day. And yet, as Deadline reports, the Western series from HBO has now been dusted off ready for filming to finally begin in the US. The good news is that almost all of the cast are keen to participate in the project: that means we'll encounter most of the characters, who've become cult figures since the series was released.
Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant will of course return to star as Al Swearengen, the owner of the famous Gem Saloon, and sheriff Seth Bullock. The long list of other cast members returning to make this miraculous film includes Molly Parker (Alma), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), Brad Dourif (Doc), William Sanderson (E.B.), Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane), Dayton Callie (Charlie), John Hawkes (Sol), Anna Gunn (Martha), Gerald McRaney (George) and Kim Dickens (Joanie). The only newcomer whose name has already been released is Jade Pettyjohn, a novice actress who will play a character called Caroline.
As for the plot, this XL revival will be set 10 years after the events of the third season, screened on HBO in 2006, commemorating the independence of South Dakota. Alliances will be severely tested and the rivalries between the characters will re-emerge, forcing them to adapt to the changing times. The Deadwood movie will be directed by Daniel Minahan, who has worked on Game of Thrones, and is scheduled for release in spring 2019 at the earliest.