Timothy Olyphant teases more seasons of ‘Justified: City Primeval’
The FX limited series Justified: City Primeval premieres on July 13 and fans are already clamoring for more.
“I’d show up,” Timothy Olyphant, star and executive producer, said at the conclusion of the show’s panel at ATX TV Festival in Austin on Thursday. “I had a good time. Every time we’ve done this I’ve had a good time, he added.
Executive producer Sarah Timberman echoed the statement, “If he shows up I show up—we all show up.”
The series premiere made its big debut at the festival with audiences cheering and clapping to see the return of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) alongside Boyd Holbrook, Adelaide Clemens and Vivian Olyphant, Timothy Olyphant’s real-life daughter who also plays his daughter in the project.
“I had to audition and it went well,” the youngest Olyphant said as the crowd roared with laughter. Timothy Olyphant revealed he and his wife had a chat about the possibility of her joining the cast and they decided the experience could be a good summer job while she was on break from college.
“The audition process with her was a joy and she worked super hard—we had a lot of fun,” he shared. “I worked with her on her audition and I thought to myself, ‘This would be a fun person to work with. I said I wouldn’t say anymore and let the team take it from there.”
Vivian has learned a lot during her time on set, one thing that stood out the most was “how long it takes to get your makeup done,” she said with a laugh.
The panel kicked off with a message of solidarity for the show’s writers and showrunners including Dave Andron and Michael Dinner who did not attend.
“Shout out to the writers. I hope those f**kers get everything they’re asking for,” Timothy Olyphant said.
ATX TV Fest Recap: FX’s “Justified: City Primeval” Post-Screening Q&A
Season 12 of the ATX Television Festival kicked off tonight with a special screening of FX’s Justified: City Primeval ahead of the show’s July 18th premiere. In attendance were stars Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens), Boyd Holbrook (Clement Mansell), Adelaide Clemens (Sandy Stanton), Vivian Olyphant (Willa Givens), plus executive producer Sarah Timberman. The post-screening panel was moderated by Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter.
Yes, Vivian Olyphant is Timothy Olyphant’s daughter and stars alongside her dad as Raylan’s daughter Willa. Vivian laughed as she confessed to having never watched the original Justified or much of her father’s acting work, aside from his voice role in the animated film Rango and a play she saw him in. “I always wondered what is he actually doing at work,” Vivian shared about getting to spend her summer on set with her dad. “He’s getting paid to be a child,” she summarized to the audience’s delight (and Timothy’s charming embarrassment). While Timothy had no qualms about his daughter auditioning for the role, he added that he kept himself out of the casting process as a fellow executive producer on the series. Sarah Timberman stood by the decision, sharing that Vivian stood out of about forty actresses considered for the role.
Set 15 years after the original Justified, which was based on Elmore Leonard’s final novel, Justified: City Primeval draws its inspiration from another one of Leonard’s books, 1980’s City Primeval. Read by both Sarah Timberman and Timothy Olyphant, when conversations began about bringing Raylan Givens back to the screen, both felt that this story would be the right way to do it while still staying within the Elmore Leonard universe. And, a tale that will likely be recurring throughout this year’s festival, Sarah took a moment at the top of the panel to acknowledge the show’s writing team, most of whom are participating in the WGA strike.
Showrunner Dave Andron participated in a different panel earlier in the day titled “…The End” about writing a series finale. During that panel, which was not specifically about Justified: City Primeval, he shared that he had some initial hesitation about continuing Raylan’s story after wrapping it up so nicely in Season 6. He was working on Snowfall when conversations began to swirl about a sequel, something he wasn’t willing to take on until that show wrapped in order to give that show the send-off it deserved.
Read more at ATX TV Fest Recap: FX’s “Justified: City Primeval” Post-Screening Q&A – LaughingPlace.com
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Timothy Olyphant, Vivian Olyphant, Adelaide Clemens and Boyd Holbrook attend the opening night of the 2023 ATX TV Festival at Stateside at the Paramount on June 01, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
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Official Trailer: “Justified: City Primeval”
Justified: City Primeval premieres 7.18 on FX. Stream on Hulu.
New Teaser: “Justified: City Primeval”
FX’s Justified: City Primeval premieres July 18 on FX. Stream on Hulu.
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Via Deadline: Max has set a summer premiere date for Full Circle, a limited series from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon, starring Claire Danes, Zazie Beetz, Jharrell Jerome and Timothy Olyphant, among others. The six-episode series will debut with two episodes on Thursday, July 13 on Max, followed by two episodes weekly leading up to the finale on Thursday, July 27. Max also released the first trailer:
“Justified: City Primeval” – Official Teaser and Premiere Date!
FX’s Justified: City Primeval premieres July 18 on FX. Stream on Hulu.
EW EXCLUSIVE: “Raylan Givens could die”
Via EW.com: After seven years, Timothy Olyphant is back as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens for a new season of Justified. But while he’s wearing the same hat and flashing the same badge as he did during the FX drama’s original six-season run, that’s about the only thing that’s carried over to Justified: City Primeval (premiering this July). “You’re not going to recognize anyone — the world, the relationships,” Olyphant tells EW. “I just don’t think you’re going to see what’s coming. On one hand, I really missed the cast from the original series, and on the other hand, I was so in awe and honored to work with the cast on this one.”
Having left the hollers of Kentucky 15 years ago, Raylan now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl, Willa (played by Timothy’s real-life 20-year-old daughter, Vivian Olyphant). When a chance encounter on a Florida highway sends Raylan and Willa to Detroit, he crosses paths with Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), a.k.a. The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again with the help of his formidable lawyer Carolyn Wilder (Aunjanue Ellis). These three characters set out on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard fashion, to see who makes it out of the City Primeval alive.
“For all intents and purposes, as far as I’m concerned, we are doing a new show,” showrunner Dave Andron tells EW. “Sure, we have Raylan — we knew that was money in the bank — and we have [author] Elmore’s book, but we had to create this whole new world for him to be in, this whole new cast of characters.” He pauses, then adds, “I was just trying to make sure we didn’t f— it up. We understood that we ended the show really well the first time around, so we didn’t take the plane back up lightly.”
The reason Andron and fellow showrunner Michael Dinner, who spoke to EW prior to the writers’ strike, risked that legacy to make a new, one-season version of Justified is simple: They all loved Leonard’s Detroit-set novel City Primeval too much to not adapt it into a Raylan story. “It’s kind of a gem in Elmore Leonard’s collection. This is kind of the granddaddy for Raylan’s character, in a way,” Dinner says. “We didn’t intend to reboot Justified, we didn’t intend to pick up where we left off, but we thought it would be interesting to, what I call, ‘do a mashup.’ What if we took our character and dropped him into the middle of this story, and yet pay homage to a character that was in the book and also do service to the book? It wasn’t so much trying to recapture the past, but to recapture the feeling that we had working together in the past, so we took Raylan and put him into this story.”
A lot has changed since Justified fans last saw Raylan, however. “He’s older. That’s the thing I notice most often,” Timothy says, before adding with a smile, “There’s less desire to run.”
“He’s older and wiser, but he’s still got it,” Dinner explains. “He has about five years before there’s a mandatory retirement in the Marshal service, so he’s coming to the end of that life. The road in front of this guy is a lot shorter than the road behind. We’re dealing with this next chapter of his life — we did Justified for six or seven years, and that was kind of like Act 1. This is Act 2 of his life, and it’s an existential story.”
Read more at EW.com!