With reason: Original City executive producers Michael Diner and Dave Andron tease Boyd Holbrook's dangerous murderer in reboot series
Just Right: The villains of City Primeval have been revealed to be deadly killers. The reboot, which airs later this year on FX, is the sequel to the new western series Just Cause, based on the Elmore Leonard story, which ran on the network from 2010 to 2015. Six seasons aired. Timothy Olyphant stars as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, whose old-fashioned approach to justice irritates the top brass and leads to his reassignment to the Eastern District of the Kentucky Marshal's Office. The series ensemble also includes Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Joel Carter, Natalie Zea, Walton Goggins and Jere Burns.
TVInsider recently interviewed Justified: City Primeval executive producers Michael Dinner and Dave Andron. They revealed that the new series, based on Leonard's novel "Original City: Detroit High Noon" and featuring the return of Olyphant, will feature the show's scariest villain yet. The character Clement Mansell, also known as the Oklahoma Wildman, is played by Boyd Holbrook, and has "no moral code," which makes him a difficult choice for Givens and his loved ones anyway. Confidence in danger. Read their full quotes below:
Michael Dinner: [Clement Mansell is] one of Elmore’s great antagonists. Dave Andron: [He] has no moral code. He’s a more unpredictable, dangerous bad guy for Raylan — who’s now a little slower on the draw.
Who makes it out of the City Primeval alive? Introducing the cast of FX’s Justified: City Primeval, the limited series inspired by Elmore Leonard’s City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Starring Timothy Olyphant, Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis Hall pic.twitter.com/C7Gr9sOqQa— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) May 6, 2022
Boyd Holbrook Already Proved He's A Perfect Villain
While Dinner and Andron may be using this characterization to heighten the tension, and Sandman star Holbrook's presence in the villain's role should give fans a sense of just how dangerous the character is. Season 1 of Neil Gaiman's fantasy series debuts on Netflix in August 2022, starring Corinthian, a nightmare who escapes his dream. The character wears sunglasses to hide the fact that he has teeth in his eye sockets instead of eyeballs, but even with the glasses, his performance is chilling enough to send chills down the spine of many viewers.
However, Netflix's The Sandman was far from Holbrooke's first villain. He played another memorable villain in the 2017 X-Men spin-off Wolverine movie Logan. The film follows an aging Wolverine as he tries to protect Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and a young mutant (Daphne Keen) from capture. Holbrook plays Marauder leader Pierce, a creepy engineer whose personal interest in Wolverine makes him a seemingly sinister presence.
Everything We Know About Justified: City Primeval
In addition to Holbrook and Olyphant, Justified: City Primeval will also star Aunjanue Ellis, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis Hall, Marin Ireland, Norbert Leo Butz and Timothy's real-life daughter Vivian Olyphant As Vera Givens. The eight-episode miniseries will follow Raylan as he pursues Holbrook's character to Detroit, where he meets the challenge of a lifetime. Despite rumors that Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino would direct episodes of the series, that didn't materialize, and Dinner will direct the first episode, and likely several more.
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