“Yellowstone” is an epic Western for the modern age, with plenty of cowboys, a Native American reservation, and hedge funds and real estate developers to boot.
But as far as Westerns go, it’s not the first rodeo for many of the actors in the cast. Indeed, some have even worked together before.
Actors Q’orianka Kilcher, who plays Angela Blue Thunder, Tanaya Beatty, who plays Avery, Ryan Bingham, who plays Walker, and Luce Rains, who plays a “mean cowboy,” all acted in the 2017 movie “Hostiles” together.
2017 Film Was a ‘Powderkeg of a Western’
“Hostiles” starred Christian Bale as Capt. Joseph J. Blocker. The famous Army Captain has to help a Cheyenne chief and his family travel through perilous turf. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film garnered mostly favorable reviews from critics.
The Wall Street Journal called it “harshly beautiful.” The Times of London declared it “vivid and uncompromising.” And the Associated Press detected “a goodness at its core of understanding and empathy.” Rolling Stone praised Bale and described the movie as a “powderkeg of a Western.” Finally, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said it clearly drew its inspiration from classic Westerns, especially the work of director John Ford.
Moreover, the National Congress of American Indians praised “Hostiles” for its culturally sensitive depiction of Native peoples and its accurate portrayal of Native languages.
In the movie, Kilcher played Elk Woman. Beatty played Living Woman. Bingham played Sgt. Paul Malloy. And Rains played Virgil Lounde.
Other ‘Yellowstone’ Actors Have Worked Together Before
The film charts the life story of Earp, a deputy marshal and a businessman. Over the course of his life, he joined the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, went mining for silver and gold, owned saloons, ran a brothel and also got arrested for vagrancy and stealing horses – and that’s just a snippet of his story.
Costner starred in “Wyatt Earp” as the adult Earp. Bohen played Earp as a teenager.
In an interview with Monsters & Critics, Bohen, who grew up in Carmel, California, shared that the ranching atmosphere of Westerns wasn’t actually all new to him.
“I was lucky that my mother’s dad, my grandfather Vick, had a cattle ranch in Wisconsin of all places,” Bohen said. He added, “I would spend my summers there when I was young. I learned how to ride and to shoot and to just be somewhat useful in the mix.”
Bohen also worked as a stable boy in San Dimas. So he said he “loved the lifestyle” of ranches and stables.
“I’ve always been around the animals doing something or other, and it’s helpful for [‘Yellowstone’],” he said.
Wisconsin is not exactly Montana, but there are plenty of rugged outdoor experiences to be had in both places. Furthermore, for all the actors who’ve acted in Westerns, their previous experience clearly helped them fit in better on the “Yellowstone” set.