‘Deadwood’ film will premiere May 31 on HBO
More than a decade after its all-too-brief three-season run ended on HBO, the Western drama with the world’s filthiest mouth is coming back.
HBO’s “Deadwood” movie will premiere May 31, potentially bringing some closure to the series that went off the air with a very open-ended finale back in 2006.
“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,” is how the film is described on HBO’s website.
There’s little doubt that the film will continue to deal with the fallout from industrial baron George Hearst’s previous visit to the South Dakota mining town.
At the conclusion of the third season, Hearst — who had blown into Deadwood like an apocalyptic wind, intimidating and killing his way through the camp in pursuit of gold and absolute power — left town after being shot by one of the prostitutes from the Gem Saloon.
In the brief glimpses we see of Hearst in the teaser and film trailers, he is now a U.S. senator. The real-life Hearst was appointed to the Senate in 1886, and won election to serve from 1887 until his death in 1891.
Nearly the entire cast from the show will return, with the exception of Powers Boothe (Cy Tolliver) and Richardson the cook (Ralph Richeson), who died in the intervening years, and Titus Welliver, who played one of Al Swearengen’s aides, Silas Adams. Their parts will not be recast, according to HBO.
“Deadwood” will premiere May 31 on HBO. Click here for the trailer, which — true to the show’s history — is much too NSFW to post here.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .