Is Matthew McConaughey joining the cast of Yellowstone? It’s the question on everyone’s minds right now – and the answer may surprise you.
It looks like there’s drama back at the ranch. Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Matthew McConaughey is in talks with Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan for a spinoff series set within the Yellowstone universe.
The negotiations are ongoing and no deal has been struck yet, but the idea is for the Interstellar actor to lead a new series. The news comes as Deadline reports that Paramount Network may be moving to end its franchise-leader Yellowstone early due to scheduling battles with star Kevin Costner.
Costner reportedly demanded to only work for a single week on the second half of season five, which is returning this summer. With or without its star, Yellowstone as a series is expected to continue. Paramount Network released a statement saying that they “have no news to report” and that they “hope that’s the case for a long time to come.”
The first half of Yellowstone’s fifth season averaged 8.2 million same-day viewers for Paramount Network, better than any scripted show on broadcast or cable networks so far this season. It also draws more viewers in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49 (just under 2 million for initial airings) than any primetime network or cable show, excluding sports.
So, what does this mean for the future of Yellowstone? Is Matthew McConaughey joining the cast – and what does this mean for Kevin Costner? Read on to find out more about the drama back at the ranch.