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Billy Bob Thornton Set As Lead In ‘Land Man’... ‘1883’ Gets New Season

By Peter White, Deadline


Taylor Sheridan remains a busy man.


Paramount+ has unveiled a slew of news across its Sheridan Universe, with Billy Bob Thornton officially set as lead for Land Man, which Mike Fleming teased in his big Sheridan interview last year.


Zoe Saldaña will star in Lioness and will exec produce alongside Nicole Kidman and others.


Yellowstone prequel 1883 is getting a second season as well as a new spinoff, 1932, which will follow a new generation of Duttons during the time of Western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression.


The company also confirmed Deadline’s scoop that Sylvester Stallone is starring in Tulsa King (w/t), which was formerly known as Kansas City.


Thornton will star as a crisis manager for an oil company, which is based on the Boomtown podcast.


Land Man, which is set in the proverbial boomtowns of West Texas, is a modern day tale of fortune seeking in the world of oil rigs. The series is an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires fueling a boom so big, it’s reshaping the climate, the economy and geopolitics.


It will be executive produced by Sheridan, David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, Geyer Kosinski and David Hutkin. Dan Friedkin and Jason Hoch from Imperative Entertainment and Scott Brown and Megan Creydt from Texas Monthly also exec produce. It begins production in 2023.


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Lioness is based on a real-life CIA program and follows a Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organization down from within. Saldaña stars as Joe, a strong-willed, hard-nosed station chief of the CIA’s Lioness Program who is tasked with training, managing and leading her female undercover operatives working to assassinate the world’s most dangerous terrorists....


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