Deadwood movie begins shooting with 12 original cast members


The film adaptation of HBO series Deadwood has finally begun production.

David Milch's beloved Western series, which ended 12 years ago, is returning for a film set 10 years after the events of the third season.

A total of 12 main cast members will return. These are:

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen

Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock

Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth

Paula Malcomson as Trixie

John Hawkes as Sol Star

Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock

Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter

Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran

Robin Weigert as "Calamity" Jane Canary

William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum

Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs

Gerald McRaney as George Hearst

Joining the ensemble is Jade Pettyjohn whose next film is the Nicole Kidman drama Destroyer. She'll play a character named Caroline.

The plot synopsis is currently rather cryptic, with HBO revealing: “The indelible characters of the series are reunited after 10 years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. 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.”

Deadwood ran for 36 episodes from 2004 to 2006 and won a total of eight Emmys. The film, written by Milch, is being directed by Daniel Minahan whose credits includes Game of Thrones.

“How could one not, when it was snatched away rather unjustly by a combination of forces we’ll never know about—hubris or money or whatever,” McShane previously said of the network's plans.

“But [Deadwood] certainly finished too early. At the time, most of us working on the show were incredulous. It’s been announced by HBO so it's not like I’m saying it. I know for a fact David is working on the script. It’s been 10 years since it finished. [Star Timothy Olyphant’s] free from Justified. I’m hoping they’ll make the deal soon, for two or four hours, whatever they decide on.”

The series is available to watch on NOW TV.