Following that alluring first teaser, HBO has released a full trailer for Deadwood: The Movie (why they can't just call it Deadwood, I'll never know). Surprsingly, it takes a whole 40 seconds for Ian McShane's Al Swearengen to drop a "cocksucker."
"Hearst won't take long before he honors the rigors of his putrid fucking nature." And with that, David Milch is back, baby! Milch's dialogue, especially for Al, is like grimy Shakespeare. Magnificent.
This full-length trailer also gives us a better idea of the story at play in our long-overdue return to Deadwood: It's been about a decade since the events of the final season of the short-lived HBO series, and the thing that brings all (or most) of these familiar faces back together is South Dakota's statehood – which brings the return of George Hearst (played by Gerald McRaney, aka Major Dad). But Deadwood cannot be reduced to such simple plot mechanics. As hinted in the trailer, the film is about time — the passage thereof, the inevitability of change, and Al's battle to maintain the way of life he's always known. It's informed in part by Milch's battle with a recent Alzheimer's diagnosis, as revealed and subsequently explored (beautifully so) by Matt Zoller Seitz in a piece published this week by Vulture.
Deadwood: The Movie also features the return of Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth, Paula Malcomson as Trixie, John Hawkes as Sol Star, Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock, Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, and William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum (who gets the second best line in the trailer). The movie premieres on May 31.