‘Deadwood’ Film: Cast and Plot Details Arrive as Filming Begins

Deadwood Movie Starts Shooting
Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, W Earl Brown, and Sean Bridgers in HBO’s ‘Deadwood.’

HBO’s just announced filming is now underway on the much-anticipated Deadwood movie. The network also confirmed which members of the series’ cast will be participating in the feature-length film, and they revealed very basic details of the plot.

Per HBO’s official announcement, returning Deadwood cast members include Ian McShane as Al Swearengen, Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth, and Paula Malcomson as Trixie. Also returning are John Hawkes playing 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, and Gerald McRaney as George Hearst.

School of Rock‘s Jade Pettyjohn joins the cast as Caroline.

Filming is now underway in Los Angeles. Series creator David Milch wrote the screenplay and Daniel Minahan is directing. Milch, Minahan, Carolyn Strauss, Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant are executive producing.

The original series premiered in 2004 and ran for three seasons, finishing up on August 27, 2006. Over its 36 episode run, Deadwood picked up 28 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The series won Emmys for costume, hair, makeup, cinematography, and art direction. In 2004, Walter Hill won the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Emmy for the series’ pilot.

Deadwood also earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and Writers Guild of America award nominations. Ian McShane was awarded the Best Performer by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Golden Globe in 2005.

The Deadwood Movie Plot:

“In the Deadwood film, the indelible characters of the series are reunited after ten 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.”