Kevin Costner Reportedly Exiting ‘Yellowstone’ With Matthew McConaughey Set To Take His Place

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Wait…. WHAT!?

Yellowstone is unquestionably the hottest show on television right now, with a whole universe of prequels and sequels already in the works. The Yellowstone universe is big and wide, and seemingly just get started…

However, it’s going to continue on without its main character and leading actor, Kevin Costner.

According to a new report from Deadlinecreator Taylor Sheridan is essentially landing the plane with Kevin Costner as the series lead.

A source says that shooting and scheduling issues are beginning to cause friction between Costner and Paramount Network and they will most likely be moving on. Costner reportedly demanded to only work for a single week on the second half of season five, which is set to return this summer.

“Sources tell Deadline that Costner, who had originally limited himself to 65 days of shooting on Yellowstone, only wanted to shoot for 50 days for the first part of the current season.

Paramount Network has declined Costner’s most recent proposal and instead has made the decision to move on to the other show.”

That “other show” will be a McConaughey-led spinoff series.

However, Paramount has declined to comment on the rumor, saying there is no news to report:

“We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come. Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built. 

Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner.”

McConaughey will star in a new series that will feature many of the stars from Yellowstone, however, it’s unclear which ones will be continuing on. Some fans have speculated that the green-lit 6666 spinoff could be the McConaughey project.

And with the story of Yellowstone Season 5 heading down to Texas, that theory definitely makes sense.

Either way, Sheridan will be writing the future of the show with McConaughey in mind, not Costner.

Yellowstone Season 5 returns this summer.

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Cole Hauser Confirms There Will Be At Least Two More Seasons Of ‘Yellowstone’

Thank the Lord, it looks like we still have at least two (and a half) more seasons of Yellowstone ahead of us.

Of course, the mid-season finale just aired at the beginning of this year, but fans were pretty upset to find out that the second half of Season 5 isn’t going to air until this summer.

So that part sucks, but in an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Golden Globe Awards last night (where Kevin Costner finally took one home for Best Actor in a Drama for his leading role as John Dutton on the show), Cole Hauser (Rip Wheeler) confirmed that we have at least two more seasons to go after that finally airs:

“I can tell you there will be season 6 and there will be a 7th, that’s all I can say. That’s all I can tell you.”

He played it coy about any further details, though, saying he wants the ending and future plans for the show to be a surprise:

“No, I like to know with the fans. It will be a surprise.”

Cole also played it off when asked about a fan theory that another Dutton will die soon, not confirming or denying anything, saying:

“I’m not the man to ask, but listen, you never know. Taylor is one of those kinds of writers where you never know what’s coming. I love that about him.”

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan shared a similar sentiment that there will be two more seasons, but the end is in sight for him, and he’s not planning to keep it going forever:

“Well, I know how it ends. I’m writing to that ending. There’s only so much hovering one can do before the story starts to lose its locomotion; you can’t put it in neutral just because it’s successful.

It will go as many years as it takes for me to tell the story, but you’re not going to see nine seasons of it. No way.I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end.

You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate. So, you have to keep moving forward, and there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion. Can that be another two seasons beyond this? It could.”

In addition to the mega hit show we all know and love, Taylor has tons of other fantastic projects going on, including 1923 and Tulsa King, with more to come within the Yellowstone universe, as well.

Regardless of what happens beyond the next two seasons, it doesn’t feel like any of that momentum is going to be slowing down anytime soon…

And if you’re a fan of the hit series Yellowstone, be sure to check out our Yellowstone The Soundtrack Playlist, updated in real time each week as new episodes air.


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Yellowstone Prequel ‘1923’ Officially Renewed For A Second Season

Looks like 1923 is going round two.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount+ announced that the Yellowstone prequel series has been renewed for a second season, after the show’s record breaking first season.

1923 is led by Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, who play the roles of Jacob and Cara Dutton.

The show is about the trials and tribulations of the Dutton family, following World War I, Prohibition, the beginning of The Great Depression, and the emergence of new sicknesses.

Before the show premiered on December 18th, Mirren discussed reuniting with Ford, and what drew her to the show to begin with:

“He says me. And I say exactly the same: Harrison. I think we’re both a bit more achey. We loved working together then, but we were very different. He was a huge movie star and I was sort of comparatively unknown. There was a big difference in our status. I’ve caught up a little bit, luckily.”

Ford also shared:

“I had met with Taylor, who gave me a very brief outline of what he had in mind, and I went on faith and my experience with Yellowstone, 1883.

He’s produced a work of incredible ambition, scale, scope [and] cinematic ambition. Taylor thinks of each of these episodes as a one-hour movie. And that’s the product that we’re getting.”

The rest of the cast includes the likes of Brandon Sklenar, Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Jerome Flynn and Julia Schlaepfer.

The second half of season one is slated to drop this Sunday, February 5th.

The Dutton Family Tree

Yellowstone Dutton Family tree


James Dutton

The original patriarch of the Dutton Family, James (Tim McGraw) was a farmer from Tennessee who took his family out west in search of a new life. The husband of Margaret Dutton and father of Elsa, John and Spencer, he chose to establish the modern day Dutton Ranch where his daughter Elsa passed away.

Margaret Dutton

The original matriarch of the Dutton Family, Margaret (Faith Hill) is married to James Dutton and the mother of Elsa, John and Spencer Dutton.

Elsa Dutton

Elsa (Isabel May) was the eldest child of James and Margaret Dutton. She also serves as the narrator of both 1883 and 1923. She was going to marry a cowboy named Ennis, however, he was killed on the journey West. She vowed to return to a Comanche warrior named Sam once her family reached its destination, however she was killed in an attack on the wagon train. The Dutton Ranch property was established where she died, and she was the first to be buried there.

John Dutton 

John Dutton (Audie Rick in 1883, James Badge Dale in 1923) is the son of James and Margaret Dutton, brother to Elsa and Spencer. He was just a young boy during the events of 1883, however in 1923, he works alongside his uncle Jacob on the Dutton Ranch. He is married to Emma Dutton, and they have at least one son, Jack.

Claire Dutton

Claire (Dawn Olivieri) is James Dutton’s sister, who joins the journey west with her daughter Mary Abel. A widow, she kills herself once her daughter is killed on the trail.


Jacob Dutton

Jacob (Harrison Ford) is the brother of James Dutton, who becomes the leader of the family once James passes away. He and his wife, Cara Dutton, work to run the ranch with their nephews, John and Spencer, and John’s son Jack.

Cara Dutton

Cara (Helen Mirren) is the wife of Jacob Dutton. A hard-nosed Irish immigrant, she becomes the matriarch of the Dutton family in 1923, following the passing of Margaret and James.

Spencer Dutton

Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) is the second son of James and Margaret Dutton. Born after the Duttons settled in Montana (and the death of his sister, Elsa), Spencer is a WWI vet who spends time hunting in Africa before returning back to Montana to work the ranch.

Emma Dutton

Emma (Marley Shelton) is the wife of John Dutton Sr. and the mother of Jack Dutton.

Jack Dutton

Jack (Darren Mann) works on the Dutton Ranch alongside his father, John Dutton Sr. and great-uncle, Jacob Dutton. He is engaged to Elizabeth Strafford, the daughter of another notable rancher.

With Elizabeth already pregnant, my suspicion is that Jack may be the father of John Dutton II since the “II” title is generally used when the child is named after another relative, not the father. This is just a guess, but my hunch is that John Dutton won’t survive 1923, and Jack will name his first born son after his late father… John Dutton II.

Elizabeth Strafford-Dutton

Elizabeth (Michelle Randolph) is Jack’s fiancée. The two end up postponing their wedding briefly, but are planning on marrying very soon.


John Dutton III

The modern day leader of the Dutton family and the current Governor of Montana. He is the father of Lee Dutton, Beth Dutton and Kayce Dutton, and the adoptive father of Jamie Dutton.

Evelyn Dutton

Evelyn (Gretchen Mol) is the wife of John Dutton III who passed away in a horseback riding accident when her children were young. She is the mother of Lee, Beth and Kayce Dutton.

Lee Dutton

Lee (Dave Annable) is the oldest son of John and Evelyn Dutton. The heir to the Dutton Ranch, Lee was killed by Robert Long (Monica’s brother) after an argument broke out over stolen cattle.

Beth Dutton

Beth (Kelly Reilly) is the daughter of John Dutton III and wife of Rip Wheeler, her father’s ranch foreman and right-hand man. Unable to have children of her own, her and Rip have taken in teenage Carter.

Rip Wheeler

Rip (Cole Hauser) is the Yellowstone foreman and right-hand man of John Dutton III. He came to the Dutton Ranch as an orphaned teenager after he killed his own father (who killed his mother and brother). Teenage sweethearts, he eventually marries John’s daughter, Beth Dutton.

Kayce Dutton

Kayce (Luke Grimes) is the youngest of the Dutton siblings, and a former Navy SEAL. He’s married to Monica Dutton and the father of Tate Dutton and John Dutton IV (deceased).

Monica Dutton

Monica (Kelsea Asbille) was raised on the Broken Rock Reservation. She is married to Kayce Dutton and the mother of Tate Dutton and John Dutton IV.

Tate Dutton

Tate (Brecken Merrill) is the oldest son of Kayce and Monica Dutton, the eldest of the 7th generation of Duttons.

John Dutton IV

John Dutton IV is the second son of Kayce and Monica Dutton, who tragically only lived a few hours following complications from an early birth and a car accident.

Jamie Dutton

Jamie (Wes Bentley) is the adopted son of John Dutton III and the black sheep of the Dutton family.


Christina is Jamie’s ex assistant and the mother of his child.

James Dutton Jr.

The son of Jamie Dutton and his ex-girlfriend Christina, Jamie finds out he has a son after the birth.

1923 is available to stream… NOW.

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