EXCLUSIVE: Joaquina Kalukango (lovecraft country), Lonnie Chavis (These are U.S), Rob Morgan (changedna), Ryan O’Nan (queen of the south) and Justin Hurtt-Dunkley (easttown mare) were tapped for recurring roles alongside David Oyelowo and Dennis Quaid on Bass Reevesin yellowstone co-creator/showrunner Taylor Sheridan.
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Bass Reeves, which is in production in Texas, brings the legendary lawman of the Old West to life. Reeves (Oyelowo), known as the greatest frontier hero in American history, worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in Indian Territory, capturing more than 3,000 dangerous criminals without ever being harmed.
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Kalukango will play Esme, an ex-slave who is just as good as the Reeves family and also has some different ideas about the future.
Chavis will play Arthur Mayberry, a sweet boy with eyes for the Reeves’ daughter, Sally.
Morgan will play Ramsey, a once strong man who has been broken by time.
O’Nan will play Darrell Dolliver, one of Dolliver’s two thugs that Bass is tasked with tracking down and bringing to justice.
Hurtt-Dunkley will play Ike, a deputy US marshal.
The cast also includes series regulars Lauren E. Banks, Forrest Goodluck, Barry Pepper, and Demi Singleton. Shea Whigham and Garrett Hedlund were cast as guest stars.
Bass Reeves is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios, Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon. The series is created for television by Chad Feehan, who also serves as showrunner. Executive producers include Sheridan, Feehan, David C. Glasser, David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, David Permut, Christina Alexandra Voros, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and David Hutkin.
Kalukango received the 2022 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Nelly O’Brien in Paradise Square. She also received a 2020 Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway production of slave game. On the film side, she shared a 2021 SAG Award nomination for Ensemble in a Motion Picture for her role as Betty X in Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami. She also recurred on the HBO series Lovecraft country. Kalukango is repped by CAA, Howard Green Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
Chavis is perhaps best known for his role as the younger version of Sterling K. Brown’s character Randall on the NBC series. These are U.S. He also starred alongside Rosario Dawson and Maria Bello in the water mandirected by David Oyelowo, which premiered at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival. He can most recently be seen starring as Bobby in the thriller film The boy behind the door. Chavis is repped by Canopy Media Partners and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.
Morgan is known for his work on the Oscar-nominated film mudboundA24 The last black man in San Francisco and Warner Bros. Just Mercy. He can also be seen on HBO’s Winning Time. Morgan is repped by Stride Management and Yorn Levine Barnes.
O’Nan is known for his work on ABC big skyUSA queen of the southFX fargo, show time Ray Donovanfrom NBC Black list and CBS’ Person of interest, between others. He recently starred as the lead in Kevin Smith’s film Killroy was here. O’Nan is repped by Lasher Group, The Framework Collective, UTA and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
Hurtt-Dunkley is known for his roles in the HBO series easttown mare, from netflix bird flying high and TBS’ the last og He is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
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