Lawmen Bass Reeves release date speculation, cast, and plot

Here's all we know about the Lawmen: Bass Reeves release date, including the cast and plot of the upcoming Yellowstone spin-off Paramount Plus series.

1883 The Bass Reeves Story release date: David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves in 1883

When is the Lawmen: Bass Reeves release date? Wouldn’t you know it, there’s even more Yellowstone content on the way as David Oyelowo takes on the true story of the first black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River.

Yellowstone is an absolute behemoth of the streaming service and small screen world right now. You cannot move for news of additions to the Yellowstone timeline, and we’ve got all the info on one strand of the TV series universe right here.

Long before Kevin Costner and John Dutton, we will see how this whole Western world was shaped with the 1883 The Bass Reeves Story release date. Here’s all we know about the upcoming drama series.

Lawmen: Bass Reeves release date speculation

1883 The Bass Reeves Story release date has not been announced as of May 2023. All we know at this stage is the show is set to premiere in 2023 at some point. Also, it’s now called Lawmen: Bass Reeves rather than The Bass Reeves story.

The problem is creator Taylor Sheridan has his hands pretty full at the moment with Yellowstone season 5 returning, the Yellowstone 6666 release date to arrange, and 1923 season 2 in the pipeline.

Lawmen: Bass Reeves Story cast

David Oyelowo is confirmed to lead the Lawmen: Bass Reeves cast, but (as is normal for the Yellowstone spin-offs) he’s not the only big name attached to the series. 

In February 2023, it was announced that Lauren E. Banks would play Jennie, described as “the strong and fiercely loyal wife of Bass Reeves.”

Alongside them, we will see Dennis Quaid as Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy US Marshall, and Shea Wigham as a character called Col. Rounding out the cast is Garrett Hedlund, Barry Pepper, and Forrest Goodluck. Goodluck will play Billy Crow, a “young Cherokee man with an affinity for dime store books and gaudy style.”

We also know Donald Sutherland will play Judge Isaac Parker, a terrifying judge in the Fort Smith Courthouse.

The confirmed Lawmen: Bass Reeves cast list:

  • David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves
  • Dennis Quaid as Sherrill Lynn
  • Forrest Goodluck as Billy Crow
  • Lauren E. Banks as Jennie Reeves
  • Donald Sutherland as Judge Isaac Parker
  • Barry Pepper as Esau Pierce
  • Demi Singleton as Sally Reeves
  • Grantham Coleman as Edwin Jones
  • Garrett Hedlund as Garrett Montgomery
  • Joaquina Kalukango
  • Justin Hurtt-Dunkley
  • Shea Whigham
  • Lonnie Chavis
  • Rob Morgan
  • Ryan O’Nan

That’s all we know for now about the Bass Reeves cast. If you want to know more about the famous faces of this Western world, check out our Yellowstone cast. guide.
1883 The Bass Reeves Story release date: David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves in 1883

Lawmen: Bass Reeves plot speculation

The Lawmen: Bass Reeves plot will focus on the real historical character rather than continuing the saga of the fictional Dutton family.

Reeves was a legendary lawman and the first Black deputy of the U.S. Marshals. He could speak several Native American languages and arrested over 3,000 outlaws, and killed 14, allegedly without ever suffering any serious injury. He is said to be the inspiration behind The Lone Ranger.

1883 The Bass Reeves Story was originally developed by David Oyelowo and his wife, Jessica Oyelowo, before coming under the Yellowstone fold. It isn’t yet known if Reeves will interact with any members of the Dutton family, including James (Tim McGraw) or Margaret (Faith Hill), but this seems unlikely, as it was originally written with no connection to Yellowstone.

For more from the Yellowstone universe, check out our guide on how to watch Yellowstone 1923 or dive into our breakdown of how the 1923 cast is related to the Dutton family in Yellowstone. Also, we can finally answer the burning question,’ Has Yellowstone been cancelled?

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