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Horizon release date and news on Kevin Costner’s new movie

Kevin Costner is making a new Western, and our guide to the Horizon release date goes through everything on the star's epic saga about the American Civil War.

What’s the Horizon release date? Kevin Costner has decided to return to the American frontier for another epic film. This time, he’s directing and producing as well as starring and co-writing alongside Jon Baird. Not one to do anything by half-measures.

Horizon marks one of Kevin Costner‘s first major projects after stepping outside the world of Yellowstone. What’s more, it’s the beginning of an entire Horizon saga. His dedication to what could be some of the best Westerns in recent years (among other things) has meant that Costner stepped down as John Dutton from the Yellowstone series, kick-starting the show’s cancellation. Needless to say, we’ll certainly be sad to see one of the best TV series around go.

But what is Horizon, exactly, and what can we expect from this series of new movies? Put on your best cowboy hat, because we’ve got the lowdown on the Horizon release date for you right here.

What’s the Horizon release date?

The first two parts of Horizon will be released on Friday June 28, 2024 and Friday August 16, 2024, respectively. 

Horizon is set to be a four-part saga in all. The full affair is currently titled ‘Horizon: An American Saga’. Yep, that means our future will be fully occupied with several big-screen epics created by Costner himself, with the first two parts being released in the same year. What did we do to get so lucky?

Filming for the first installment (Chapter 1) began in August 2022, and wrapped in November of that same year. The second movie (Chapter 2) had already begun filming by May 2023 but would have been promptly shut down by the 2023 Writers Strike, and will still be affected by the ongoing Actors Strike. The two further follow-up films have both been greenlit, so we’ll be sure and keep you updated on this saga as it grows.

Horizon release date: Kevin Costner in The Postman

Who’s in the Horizon cast?

Kevin Costner leads the Horizon cast and will be joined by a long list of stars, including Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Thomas Haden Church, and Jena Malone.

Considering the sheer number of movies in this soon-to-be-quadrilogy, we imagine that we’ll be seeing these faces a few times over, not to mention a likely constant rotation of new actors being brought into the fold. Hey, maybe we’ll be seeing some of his fellow Yellowstone cast members in the mix!

Details are still under wraps about character names and details, but we’ll be sure and keep tabs on updates for you as time goes on.

Here’s the confirmed Horizon cast list:

  • Kevin Costner
  • Sam Worthington
  • Sienna Miller
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Jena Malone
  • Jamie Campbell Bower
  • Luke Wilson
  • Giovanni Ribisi
  • Alejandro Edda
  • Tatanka Means
  • Michael Rooker
  • Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Ella Hunt
  • Jeff Fahey
  • Wasé Chief
  • Tom Payne
  • Abbey Lee
  • Tim Guinee
  • Michael Angarano
  • Colin Cunningham
  • Scott Haze
  • Angus Macfadyen
  • Jon Beavers
  • Douglas Smith
  • Will Patton
  • Owen Crow Shoe
  • Danny Huston
  • Hayes Costner
  • Larry Bagby
  • Dale Dickey
  • James Landry Hébert
  • Georgia MacPhail
  • Dalton Baker
  • Naomi Winders

Horizon release date: Kevin Costner in Horizon trailer

What’s Horizon about?

The one thing we know for sure about the Horizon plot is that it’ll involve a 15-year stretch around the American Civil War.

The story will cover the expansion of the American West, and look at the Indigenous population disrupted and abused during this period. No specifics beyond that have been given.

Costner already tackled a story similar to this in one of the best movies of all time, Dances With Wolves, so we can probably expect his character to take on a similar role, wherein he’s the hero in some struggle against oppressive forces.

“America’s expansion into the west was one that was fraught with peril and intrigue, from the natural elements to the interactions with the Indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at many times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle it,” Costner said [via Deadline].

“Horizon tells the story of that journey in an honest and forthcoming way, highlighting the points of view and consequences of the characters’ life and death decisions.”

It was also announced in October 2023 that Horizon had been given an ‘R’ age rating by the MPA for “violence, some nudity, and sexuality.” We can deduce from this that Horizon likely won’t be for everyone, and stands to be a grizzly and unrelenting look at the violence that dominated the West during its expansion.

Horizon release date: Kevin Costner in Horizon trailer

Is there a Horizon trailer?

We have a very short teaser trailer, which announces that a ‘two-part theatrical event’ is coming in 2024.

We don’t really get a look at anything much as yet, other than Costner shooting his gun while riding a horse (likely place for him to be). Hey, it’s enough for us. Anyway, two Costner movies being released in cinemas just a couple of months apart is something to be celebrated! Take a look for yourself below:

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Where can I watch Horizon?

Horizon will be a theatrical release, followed by streaming distribution down the line for this historical drama.

Think about it: An epic American saga set across four expansive feature-length projects? Sounds like a theater experience to us. But seriously, we never imagined Costner settling for streaming-only distribution for what sounds like a truly magnificent project.

Warner Bros is distributing, and normally that’d mean availability on HBO Max in the US, but with the studio changing its strategy around streaming services, we’re unsure where Horizon will end up for now.

Rest assured, when we know, you’ll know. Check out our guide to Yellowstone season 5 part 2 to see when Costner might return to the show. Or, if you’re looking to see what the future might hold, check out our predictions on what will happen to John Dutton, and what we think will happen if Taylor Sheridan can’t bring Kevin Costner back to Yellowstone.

You can also check out our guides to the 6666 release date and the 1923 season 2 release date. If that’s not enough, check out our list of the best thriller movies and best war movies for more epic drama.