The hit HBO Western Series Deadwood is receiving a reboot of sorts, only in feature film form, and Americana singer and songwriter Jason Isbell is playing a part in the production. Just exactly what he’s doing is for Jason Isbell to know at the moment, and the rest of us to find out in the future. But it has Isbell running around the set in period clothing, and brings another layer of intrigue to the much-anticipated film.
“I’m getting up early tomorrow to be in a movie and I’m super excited about it but do the wardrobe people have socks? My socks would NOT work for this movie and I’m concerned,” Jason Isbell posted on Twitter Saturday, November 10th. “The movie is not about socks though. But still they might show.”
Jason Isbell did not name the movie he was going to be a part of at that time, but then on Sunday, November 11th, he posted a picture of himself dressed up in a Western suit, and then a picture of a Deadwood “Art Dept. Parking Only” sign on his Instagram feed, ending all suspicion that it was indeed the Deadwood film he’s participating in, even though we don’t have any further details at the moment.
12 years after the Emmy-winning series ceased production, HBO Films has brought the Deadwood franchise back to life, bringing most of the original cast back to reprise the story 10 years after the moment the series left off. The movie will take place around the declaration of Statehood for South Dakota, and find the characters reigniting old rivalries while forging new alliances, and trying to navigate the march of modernity, all while employing the series’ signature salty language.
Deadwood ran for three seasons and 36 episodes, and received a whopping 28 Emmy nominations, winning 8 over its run. Original creator David Milch is once again on board, and wrote the movie. It is being directed by Daniel Minahan, know for working on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Production started in late October in California, and the film received a $4.2 million California Film & TV state tax credit.
The returning cast includes Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst).
This is the second time Jason Isbell has rubbed shoulders with Hollywood recently. His song “Maybe It’s Time” from the recent remake of A Star Is Born is one of the movie’s signature tracks, and could see him nominated for an Oscar.
There is no word yet when the Deadwood film may be released, but preliminary reports say it could be as early as the spring of 2019.