Kevin Costner has had a pretty good run in the Western genre on the big screen — including winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, along with a nomination for Best Actor, for his 1990 epic “Dances With Wolves.”
Now for the first time in his career, Costner will take on a regular TV role — and he’s back in the Western genre. His new project, “Yellowstone,” is a contemporary Western drama series premiering June 20 on Paramount Network.
The series is written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, known for “Wind River,” “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario.”
“‘Yellowstone’ stars Costner as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park,” Paramount Network says in an announcement released today. “It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news, they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.”
Along with Costner, the cast includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Dave Annable, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Josh Lucas, Jefferson White, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessey, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Heather Hemmons and Denim Richards.
Here’s the trailer, released today …