Everything We Know About the Next ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Off

Exploring the Upcoming ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Off: All You Need to Know

The ‘Yellowstone’ universe is expanding, and one of the most anticipated developments is the confirmation of Matthew McConaughey’s own spin-off series. Navigating the ever-expanding ‘Yellowstone’ universe can be a challenge, especially with the prospect of an entirely new cast and setting being introduced by Taylor Sheridan, the show’s creator.

While the new spin-off will carry the “Yellowstone” title, Sheridan’s remarks about spin-offs and prequels have left fans intrigued. He cryptically mentioned, “My idea of a spinoff is the same as my idea of a prequel — read into that what you will.” Sheridan’s nod in response to the question of whether the new series would stand alone as a story only added to the speculation. He emphasized the clash between old ways of life and modern challenges, hinting at the diverse storytelling opportunities available.

However, it’s important to note that Sheridan admitted he has only outlined the basic framework of the spin-off, and significant changes could occur before its scheduled premiere in December 2023.

Regarding McConaughey’s involvement, Sheridan shared insights from their conversations. McConaughey, drawn by the raw clash between traditional and modern worlds depicted in ‘Yellowstone,’ expressed his interest in joining the project. Sheridan’s response was enthusiastic: “Buddy, that we can do.”

McConaughey’s Views on John Dutton

In June 2023, McConaughey offered his thoughts on the original series and its central character, John Dutton, portrayed by Kevin Costner. He encapsulated the essence of ‘Yellowstone’ by stating, “One way you could explain Yellowstone and Costner’s role is what will men do to protect land and family in a world that is trying to encroach?” He admired the simplicity of the themes of right and wrong portrayed in the show.

McConaughey further elaborated on the characters’ actions, emphasizing their proactive approach when the law falls short: “It’s a little bit of, ‘If the law ain’t handling this, I am.’ And then it is, ‘The law’s not going to handle it, therefore I am.’ Then it’s, ‘I’m handling this. The law? Talk to them when you get to them. I’m handling this.'”

Unveiling the Upcoming ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Offs: Everything You Need to Know

The excitement for Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Yellowstone’ series and its spin-offs continues with the new addition, ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves.’ Formerly known as ‘1883: The Bass Reeves Story,’ this limited series offers a glimpse into the life of historical figure Bass Reeves. While the connection to the Dutton dynasty remains uncertain, here’s a comprehensive overview of what’s known so far about the show.

When and Where to Watch Bass Reeves

While an exact air date for ‘Bass Reeves’ is pending, fans can enjoy other content by Taylor Sheridan in the meantime. The series is expected to premiere no later than late 2023. Additionally, the Paramount Network series ‘6666’ and the Paramount+ original series ‘Land Man’ are also in the works. ‘Bass Reeves’ will be available for streaming on Paramount+. Although prior knowledge of the ‘Yellowstone’-verse isn’t necessary to follow ‘Bass Reeves,’ you can catch ‘1883’ and ‘1923’ on Paramount+ as well. The latest season of ‘Yellowstone’ is accessible on Paramount Network, while the first four seasons are on Peacock.

Previewing ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’

Although a full-length trailer is yet to be released, Paramount+ provided an overview of Taylor Sheridan’s ongoing projects. This includes interviews with Sheridan and star David Oyelowo, offering insights into ‘Bass Reeves.’ A teaser for the series was released on August 9, 2023, giving audiences their first proper look at the upcoming show.

The Cast of ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’

David Oyelowo will take on the role of Bass Reeves himself. Known for portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘Selma,’ Oyelowo’s extensive acting career adds depth to the cast. Dennis Quaid is another confirmed cast member, portraying Deputy U.S. Marshal Sherrill Lynn. With roles spanning several decades, Quaid’s experience enriches the series. ‘Yellowstone’ fans will recognize Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler, as he also has a role in ‘Bass Reeves.’ Other cast members include Lauren E. Banks, Demi Singleton, Forrest Goodluck, Barry Pepper, Grantham Coleman, and Garrett Hedlund. However, it’s worth noting that no actors or actresses from ‘1883’ are expected to return.

The Story of ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’

Bass Reeves was the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi, known for his impressive number of arrests. While historians speculate that Reeves may have inspired the Lone Ranger, his life’s extraordinary nature is undisputed. Born into slavery in 1838, Reeves escaped during the Civil War and lived among various Native American tribes in Indian Territory. Following the abolition of slavery, he became a deputy marshal due to his familiarity with the region and its languages. While the extent of Reeves’ early life coverage is uncertain, his time as a marshal, during which he apprehended over 3000 felons and even arrested his own son, promises riveting storytelling.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’

Taylor Sheridan, the mastermind behind ‘Yellowstone’ and its universe, is also the creative force behind ‘Bass Reeves.’ Known for his work on the Sicario films and ‘Hell or High Water,’ Sheridan’s multi-faceted talents extend to directing. He has small on-screen roles in ‘Yellowstone’ and ‘1883,’ making it intriguing to speculate whether he’ll appear in ‘Bass Reeves’ as well. The series draws inspiration from Sidney Thompson’s historical fiction trilogy.

Filming ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’

Production for the series commenced in October 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas, and wrapped up in June 2023.

As the ‘Yellowstone’ universe continues to expand, ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’ promises to captivate audiences with its unique storyline and talented cast. With Taylor Sheridan’s creative vision at the helm, fans can anticipate a rich and engaging addition to the ‘Yellowstone’-verse.

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