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Kevin Costner will not return as John Dutton in ‘Yellowstone’

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Kevin Costner talked about his future in “Yellowstone” while doing press for his new western, “Horizon: An American Saga.”

DENVER – After a year and a half of speculation about his involvement, Kevin Costner has officially announced that he will not be returning to “Yellowstone.”

Costner posted a video on social media Thursday night with the caption, “Update for you guys.”

“Hey everyone, I just wanted to connect with you after this long year and a half of working on ‘Horizon’ and doing all the things it required, and thinking about ‘Yellowstone’, this beloved series that I love, and that I know you all love.” “, Costner he said Thursday night.

“I realized that I wouldn’t be able to continue Season 5B or into the future. It was something that really changed me. I loved it and I know you loved it and I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be back and I love the relationship that we were able to develop and I will see you in the movies.”

Paramount announced Thursday morning the date for the final half of the series’ fifth season “Yellowstone” It will return with new episodes on November 10. The new Western drama created by Taylor Sheridan, which has starred Costner as John Dutton since its 2018 debut.

The Paramount Network series aired its last new episode in January 2023 before being hiatus due to Sheridan and Costner’s busy schedules.

The number of episodes for the final episodes of the series has not yet been announced. Production began on the remaining part of The last season is in May In Montana.

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Costner’s role in the new “Yellowstone” episodes has not been clear since the fifth season ended last year. Costner is currently making the rounds to promote the first film in his four-film Western saga, “Horizon: An American Saga,” which is scheduled to be released next Friday.

For the past year and a half, Costner has been busy filming and editing “Horizon,” while Sheridan has been busy writing and producing several spinoffs of “Yellowstone” and other television series. Apparently their schedules were too busy to allow for additional seasons of the groundbreaking “Yellowstone” series.

Costner had told several media outlets while promoting “Horizon” that he was open to returning to “Yellowstone.”

“I loved the show,” Costner said. People this week. “I liked the people on the show. I liked what it was about. I love that world… I’ve always felt that… It could be an interesting moment to go back and finish the mythology of this modern-day family. And if that happens, I’ll get involved in it if I agree on how to do that”.

Costner told The Associated Press last month that he was open to returning to “Yellowstone” to finish John Dutton’s story.

“‘Yellowstone’ was really important in my life,” Costner said. “I really loved that world and what we were able to do in five seasons.” “I thought it would only be one, but I did five. I was ready to do three more — five, six and seven — but it didn’t happen.”

“Some things were happening that didn’t happen. So the idea of ​​coming back, I’m open to that idea. But it’s based on everything the first three or four were based on, which is the scripts.”

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Other “Yellowstone” projects in the works include two spin-offs, one of which is a direct sequel titled “2024.” Paramount also announced the prequel series “1944” and a second season of “1923” starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.


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