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Time has passed in Deadwood, a full-length trailer for the HBO movie makes clear: Hair and beards have gone gray, and the town itself is somewhat spruced up, with telephone wires running along the thoroughfare.
Some things haven’t changed, however, including the uneasy relationship between Marshal Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and saloon owner/crime boss Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), their mutual hatred of George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) and Deadwood creator David Milch’s poetically profane dialogue.
“It’d be a pity not to recognize what’s at stake,” Bullock tells Swearengen in the first few seconds of the teaser. “To go ahead and die stupid.”
“Hate to end a fool,” Swearengen replies.
The long-gestating movie is set to premiere May 31, 13 years after the series ended. In the show’s timeline, 10 years have passed, and most of the principals from the series return to Deadwood to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Hearst, now a U.S. senator, also returns with designs on property owned by Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) and old scores to settle with Bullock and Swearengen.
A number of signature phrases from Milch — who recently revealed he has Alzheimer’s disease — are also present. The first utterance of “cocksucker” comes about 40 seconds into the trailer. Shortly thereafter is a scene in which Swearengen tells Bullock, “Hearst won’t take long before he honors the rigors of his putrid fuckin’ nature.”
Series regulars Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Robin Weigert, Anna Gunn, Kim Dickens, W. Earl Brown, William Sanderson, Brad Dourif and Geri Jewell all return for the movie. Milch wrote the script, and Daniel Minahan directed, as he did for several episodes of the series.
Watch the trailer above.
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