Paramount+ has recently unveiled an exciting teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Taylor Sheridan-produced western thriller series, “Lawmen: Bass Reeves.” This captivating show stars the talented David Oyelowo in the lead role as Bass Reeves, a real-life historical figure renowned for being the first Black U.S. deputy marshal to serve in the uncharted territories west of the Mississippi River. The trailer provides viewers with an enticing glimpse into the series, hinting at a compelling narrative that promises to captivate both lovers of the western genre and general audiences alike.
One intriguing aspect of the series is its anthology format, promising to spotlight a different frontier hero with each installment. Bass Reeves, often hailed as “the greatest frontier hero in American history” and believed to have inspired the iconic character ‘The Lone Ranger,’ inhabited the post-Reconstruction era and served as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory. During his remarkable career, Reeves apprehended over 3,000 of the most notorious criminals without ever sustaining a single injury.
David Oyelowo, reflecting on his role in the series, expressed his excitement, saying, “The stories Jess and I want to tell are boundary-busting and full of folks the likes of whom we have seldom seen on screen. The extraordinary story of Bass Reeves exemplifies just that. To collaborate with world-class talent like Taylor Sheridan to tell those stories to the widest audience possible is our dream, and we believe that can and will be realized through the shared ambitions we have with ViacomCBS and its signature branded platforms, alongside our seasoned and brilliant producing partners at 101 Studios.”
The cast of “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” is brimming with notable actors, adding to the series’ allure. Dennis Quaid portrays Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy U.S. Marshal, while Barry Pepper assumes the role of Esau Pierce, the leader of the 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles and a battle-hardened warrior in his own right. Garrett Hedlund takes on the character of Garrett Montgomery, a so-called posse man of the era, employed by Bass for his exceptional riding skills and extensive knowledge of the region. The ensemble cast also includes Lauren E. Banks, Demi Singleton, Forrest Goodluck, Shae Whigham, Grantham Coleman, and Mo Brings Plenty from “Yellowstone.” Additionally, Donald Sutherland plays Judge Isaac Parker, an imposing and authoritative figure in the Fort Smith Courthouse with a complex legacy.
“Lawmen: Bass Reeves” is the brainchild of Chad Feehan, serving as the show’s creator and showrunner. Fans can mark their calendars for the series premiere on Paramount+ set for November 5th, promising an exhilarating journey into the intriguing world of Bass Reeves and the untamed frontier of the American West.