In the Making Yellowstone Video creator Taylor Sheridan, star Kevin Costner and cast talk about making a modern Western story.

Yellowstone is a drama series that follows the Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton. The Duttons control the largest contiguous ranch in the US. However they must contend with constant attacks by land developers. There are also clashes with an Indian reservation. As if that was not enough, there is also conflict with America’s first national park…

Making Yellowstone Video

Yellowstone Premieres June 20th 2018 at 9/8c on Paramount Network.

Taylor Sheridan – Executive Producer/Director/Writer

Yellowstone - Creator / Director Taylor Sheridan
Yellowstone – Creator / Director Taylor Sheridan ©2018 Paramount Network

An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan serves as writer, director, and executive producer of the Paramount Network series Yellowstone. Most recently, Taylor made his debut as a writer/director with his critically acclaimed film Wind River. This was the conclusion to his modern frontier trilogy. It was released in August 2017.

Kevin Costner – “John Dutton”

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Yellowstone – Kevin Costner plays John Dutton ©2018 Paramount Network

John Dutton is the patriarch of the powerful Dutton Family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant conflict by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. Dutton, a sixth-generation rancher and devoted father, is immersed in a corrupt world where politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations and land grabs make developers billions.

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Yellowstone – John Dutton (Kevin Costner) ©2018 Paramount Network

Wes Bentley- “Jamie Dutton”

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Yellowstone – Wes Bentley plays Jamie Dutton ©2018 Paramount Network

A polished lawyer considering a career in politics, Jamie’s desperate need for his father’s approval pushed him to greatness—but it may also push him over the edge.

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Yellowstone – Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) ©2018 Paramount Network

Cole Hauser – “Rip Wheeler”

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Yellowstone – Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler ©2018 Paramount Network

A tough and merciless wrangler from Yellowstone Ranch, Rip has dedicated his life to serving the Duttons and will stop at nothing to get the job done, even when his life is on the line.

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Yellowstone – Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) ©2018 Paramount Network

Kelly Reilly — “Beth Dutton”

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Yellowstone – Kelly Reilly plays Beth Dutton ©2018 Paramount Network

Beth is the efficacious daughter of a rancher, thrown suddenly into matriarchy after the death of her mother and tasked with the impossible—holding together a family of broken men as they attempt to surmount impossible odds. Given the moniker “Hatchet Man,” by those who know her, Beth is unrelenting in her duties, even when war is waging all around—and often within her.

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Yellowstone – Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) ©2018 Paramount Network

Luke Grimes – “Kayce Dutton”

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Yellowstone – Luke Grimes plays Kayce Dutton ©2018 Paramount Network

Pushed away by his father and an outsider to the family he’s married into, Kayce Dutton walks a constant tightrope, but never very gracefully. As his two families set out to destroy one another, every emotion billows through Kayce’s eyes, revealing secrets as they rip through him, threatening to tear him apart.

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Yellowstone – Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) ©2018 Paramount Network

Gil Birmingham – “Thomas Rainwater”

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Yellowstone – Gil Birmingham plays Thomas Rainwater ©2018 Paramount Network

Raised by adoptive parents, unaware of his Native American heritage,.Rainwater is now a steely, proud and tough negotiator, innovative and practical in the extreme, determined to change policy, all while making a ton of money from the casino he runs.

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Yellowstone – Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) ©2018 Paramount Network

Kelsey Asbille – “Monica Long”

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Yellowstone – Kelsey Asbille plays Monica Long ©2018 Paramount Network

Monica knew that the man she loved would never be seen as more than the enemy by her people, but she never expected a Shakespearean war between the sides to threaten everything and everyone she holds dear. At her core, Monica is simply a young mother, forced to question all she knows, learning along the way how far she’s willing to go to protect those close to her.

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Yellowstone – Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Monica Long (Kelsey Asbille) ©2018 Paramount Network

Dave Annable – “Lee Dutton”

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Yellowstone – Dave Annable plays Lee Dutton ©2018 Paramount Network

Heir apparent to the family business, Lee Dutton has spent his entire life working the Yellowstone ranch with his father. The only Dutton child to stick it out at home, he’s got the experience and the know-how to continue the Dutton Family legacy.

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Yellowstone – Lee Dutton (Dave Annable) ©2018 Paramount Network

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online