In “Yellowstone,” actress Tanaya Beatty played Avery, Rip’s (Cole Hauser) first female addition to the Bunkhouse. She’s also Jimmy’s (Jefferson White) first love interest during his time on the Dutton ranch.
Avery vanished mysteriously in Season 2, right after Jimmy’s first rodeo triumph. That cleared the way for Jimmy to get together with Mia (Eden Brolin). But “Yellowstone” fans always wondered what happened to Avery and what Beatty’s next project would be.
And now they have their answer. Beatty has moved on to take a substantive new role in a major motion picture.
From ‘Yellowstone’ to the Silver Screen
According to Variety, Beatty has joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s upcoming sci-fi thriller “Crimes of the Future.” She will appear alongside actors like Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
The film reportedly explores a near-term future in which humans are evolving beyond their natural state. They’re moving into a condition called “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome,” with synthetic materials changing their biological makeup. Some throw themselves into this “transhumanism,” while others try to impose some checks on it.
Cronenberg wrote the screenplay. The movie is filming in Athens, Greece through September. Also joining the cast are Scott Speedman, Welket Bungue, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Yorgos Karamichos and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos.
“As we begin filming ‘Crimes of the Future,’ just two days into this new adventure with David Cronenberg, it feels like we’ve entered a story he collaborated on with Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs,” Mortensen said in a statement. “We are being pulled into a world that is not quite like this or any other, and yet is one that feels strangely familiar, immediate and quite credible. I can’t wait to see where we end up.”
Whatever Happened to Avery?
On “Yellowstone,” Beatty played a stripper who Rip recruits to join the Bunkhouse boys. She disappears mysteriously in Season 2, never to be spoken of again.
On Reddit, an anonymous commenter claiming to be a crew member from Seasons 1 and 2 said the original plan had been for Avery to be Jimmy’s girlfriend on the show.
“But she’s in talks to be in some movie geared towards children (live action remake) and didn’t want to risk her chances of not getting it because there was going to be a sex scene with them,” the commenter alleged. “Take this with a grain of salt but that’s what we heard on set.”
Whatever the reason for Beatty’s abrupt departure from “Yellowstone,” fans of her work can now catch her in “Crimes of the Future.” And with its high visibility, “Yellowstone” clearly provided a good launchpad for that new role.