‘Mayor of Kingstown’s New Trailer Lays on the Hard Hits, Teases Tension Between Main Characters

by Matthew Memrick
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Jeremy Renner’s new “Mayor of Kingstown” trailer tells a lot more about the show’s characters and hard-hitting action than we’ve seen.

The actor posted the clip on his Instagram account, asking fans what they thought about it.

“Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan and actor Hugh Dillon are behind the show. The show premieres on the Paramount+ network on Nov. 14.

‘Mayor of Kingstown’ Trailer Action-Packed

The trailer starts with a brief conversation. Renner’s character, Mike McClusky, is seen in different settings, shaking hands.

“Why do they call him the mayor?” 

A man asks. 

“Because he rules the city,” the woman answers.

The man follows up with an exciting answer, “I wonder what the real mayor thinks of that.”

Some background, of course. The McClusky family is the power broker of Kingstown, Michigan, and its members are heavily involved in the town’s big business, the prison system.

Now, back to the trailer. The tone shifts to Mike McClusky acting as a hatchet man, showing a violent side. He beats and shoots a man. Then, he talks to his older brother, Mitch McClusky. 

Kyle Chandler stars as Mitch. 

In one moment, Mike McClusky states, “We don’t break the law. We bend it.”

The action cuts to Dianne Wiest’s narration. She plays Miriam, mother to the McClusky boys.

“I know what your job is,” she says in a casual moment. “Couriers, Fixit men, part-time gangsters.”

Mitch McClusky tells his brother that someone “is going to have to do what he’s told.”

The final seconds end with Renner’s character laughing and sipping his drink. The show’s major plotline involves “tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption, and inequality.”

Renner Big On’ Mayor of Kingstown”

The “Hawkeye” star showed off some enthusiasm for the upcoming role.

“I am excited to dig into the complex and rough-around-the-edges character of Mike McClusky,” the 50-year-old Renner said in a press release. 

Renner said the complex McClusky works in a “flawed system of checks and balances.” No word on his other brother, Mitch, but we’ll assume he’s got a lot of his plate too.

“Taylor has brought to life a layered and poignant universe that is not only incredibly intriguing but also more relevant than ever,” Renner said.

Renner Divides Internet on His Image

In light of the new show, Renner hopes the series takes off. When word got out he was in the show in March, fans took to Twitter to bash him.

Before the show came to light, the actor’s recent bad streak bubbled back up. Twitter users were quick to bring up his use of slurs, alcohol-fueled moments and domestic abuse accusations during his former marriage.

As always with the internet, many were quick to support the star, too.