Joel & Ethan Coen’s “feature length omnibus” series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs sounds incredibly interesting from what we know, and “what we know” has just expanded to include one heck of a cast.
The eponymous Buster Scruggs, a singing cowboy, will be played by previous Coen collaborator Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), who stars in the series’ title episode. Each of the Annapurna Television show’s six parts focuses on a different story and set of characters, with the second episode “Near Algodones” featuring Stephen Root (Get Out, The Ladykillers) Ralph Ineson (The VVitch) and James Franco (Spider-Man 3, Various Art Films).
Much of the cast still needs to be filled out, but the fifth episode, “The Gal Who Got Ratted,” will see Zoe Kazan of The Big Sick play the gal in question, and the show’s finale “The Mortal Remains” (what a title, eh?) will star none other than Tyne Daly. You may have spotted her in Spider-Man: Homecoming last week, but you definitely spotted her in Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy.
In case you need a quick refresher on the episodes, here’s what The Albuquerque Journal reported last month:
The first of the six is about a singing cowboy and is the title story.
The second, “Near Algodones,” is about a high-plains drifter whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.
The third, “Meal Ticket,” follows an actor and impresario of a traveling show.
The fourth, “All Gold Canyon,” is about a prospector who happily finds a gold seam but then unhappily finds an evil encroacher.
The fifth, “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” follows two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.
Lastly, “The Mortal Remains,” about the five very different passengers on a stagecoach of mysterious destination.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs shoots from July until September, so you can expect it some time next year. We’ll keep you posted.