Long-awaited Deadwood movie finally begins filming

The film, based on HBO's acclaimed Western drama starring Ian McShane, is set to premiere in 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 28:  Ian McShane attends 'El Nino' premiere at Kinepolis Cinema on August 28, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

Filming has begun on the film version of HBO’s Western drama Deadwood, after nearly 13 years off air.

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The film, set 10 years on from the events of the third and final series, will be penned by the show’s original creator David Milch, and is set to see the majority of the original characters return.

The principal cast, including Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant and Molly Parker, are all set to return, alongside Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, W. Earl Brown, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney.

Child actress Jade Pettyjohn is also joining the cast as a new character, Caroline.

Announcing the green light for the film back in July, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said: “It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together, but we are there. It is greenlit.” He also said he hoped the film would premiere in spring 2019, although he added that this wasn’t “set in stone”.

Daniel Minahan, who helmed four episodes of the original series, is also returning to direct.

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During its original run from 2004-2006, Deadwood picked up eight Emmys.