Kevin Costner will not be returning to “Yellowstone” for a new season. He just finished zipping his shirt.
Season 5 of “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner as John Dutton, premieres this Sunday (Paramount Network, 8 EST/PST Sundays) and opens with the no-nonsense rancher getting sworn in as Montana’s governor in his Sunday best.
To lead effectively, Dutton will have to leave his beloved Yellowstone Ranch. I can’t imagine how tough it is going to be for him,” Costner says.
“Instead of trying to establish common ground with others, he has his heart at the ranch. That’s going to cause some issues.
When he does his thing, it’s in a specific niche that isn’t as wide as some would like. He is unmovable, too.”
There will be a huge breath of relief from “Yellowstone” fans at hearing that. The show’s viewership increased 73% from Season 3 to Season 4, averaging 10.7 million people over the course of the three-day weekend. Costner plays the sixth-generation patriarch of the Yellowstone Dutton ranch.
Because of the show’s success, creator and executive producer Taylor Sheridan greenlit a whole Western series centered on the Dutton family, with films set for release in December 1883 and 1923.
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Dutton will not budge from his position and will likely become even more stubborn as time goes on.
He has maintained control of his vast ranch despite the influence of other groups, and he has survived an assassination attempt in Season 3’s pivotal episode.
At the end of Season 4, the Dutton family had banded together to fight off the increasing threat posed by developer Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver).
The latter wants the Dutton ranch for a Montana airport proposal. Daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) even blackmailed her brother Jamie (Wes Bentley) to ensure his cooperation.
Dutton suffers another loss in Season 5, but he also wins his bid for governor. The actor is aware of the trade-offs involved with his new position, which will aid him in his personal battles.
“It’s like the difference between class and free time in school. Which alternative do you prefer?” Inquires Costner. While riding, his mind is most apparent.
Costner, in contrast to his on-screen persona, has no plans to enter politics. “No, there’s no point in my running, he immediately replies, “though I wish the people who did run had a broader vision and more of a morality about how they see the country progressing.
I was hoping for more.” The 67-year-old actor has publicly supported politicians from both major political parties, including Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and Republican Representative Liz Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.
She lost her primary contest in August. In retrospect, Costner is not sorry for his backing.
When you lose, he argues, that doesn’t imply you’re incorrect or finished.”The odds of (Cheney) being elected were relatively low, and I knew it.
However, as a citizen, I felt it was important to express my gratitude for her robust and rational attitude.” Even some of Costner’s “Yellowstone” fans voiced their disapproval of his stance.
He adds that people who liked me before don’t like me anymore; I didn’t care how the biscuit crumbled. The answer is “Yes,”
To ensure the success of his latest film, “Yellowstone,” the Hollywood maverick, whose career has been propelled by ambitious achievements like 1990’s best picture Oscar winner “Dances With Wolves,” and who overcame disasters like 1995’s $175 million epic “Waterworld,” maintains a long-term perspective.
I’m not naive. I know it’s a top show, he says. “When your efforts are favorably received, you feel satisfied.
I’ve produced something that I felt was excellent but which ultimately flopped. You can’t be motivated by viewership numbers, but it’s nice to know you have one.”
Since Costner blazed the way in “Yellowstone,” a wagonload of Duttons have been sent to that audience.
Limited prequel series “1883” starred the original patriarch James (Tim McGraw) and his wife Margaret (Faith Hill).
And in December “1923,” Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren play Jacob and Cara Dutton, Costner’s on-screen great-great-uncle and aunt, respectively.
These are just two of many upcoming works set in the Sheridan universe (which also features Sylvester Stallone in a non-Dutton modern-day mafia role in “Tulsa King,” premiering on Paramount+ on November 13).
Costner dismisses concerns that the universe is expanding too quickly. Writing, he believes, is the deciding factor. “There must be substance to your work. That’s what I’m keeping an eye on all the time.”
He won’t commit to a sixth season of “Yellowstone,” but he’ll ride along as long as it seems natural. I had planned on doing only one season, but here we are.
“To the fullest extent of my ability, I commit myself to my work. But if I ever get the sense that something is wrong, I’ll leave.”
Costner is riding high in Hollywood thanks to the success of his recent film, but he’s keeping himself busy with other projects.
He’s currently producing, directing, starring in, and co-writing another Western, a pet project that he and his wife of 18 years, Christine Baumgartner, are co-financing.
Over the past 15 years, he has been planning “Horizon,” a vast look at the settlement of the American West (with 170 speaking parts). And the moment has come for me to act on it.
It will be a four-movie series, the first of which will be released to theatres next year, according to his plans.
During the marathon shoot on Sunday morning, Costner found the ideal spot in beautiful Moab, Utah. He says, “We have a long way to go before we sleep.”
As one of my clients put it, “I’m relentless, and there are individuals who are giving me their Sunday to go look at one more home.”
It’s a big step up from working behind a desk, as Dutton’s new workspace serves as a constant reminder. Costner admits, “I would not have done well at the office.”
“I feel very fortunate to have found my calling. To enjoy the outdoors is a delight. Break time.”