Outer Range kicked off Deadline’s Contenders TV event with a panel featuring Josh Brolin, Imogen Poots, Tom Pelphrey, Tamara Podemski and Lili Taylor to discuss the Amazon Prime series.
“There were a few series I had been offered,” Brolin said, “but then you say ‘do you have a subject matter that is going to sustain me?’ and I think this is on an absurdist enough level that we can go in so many different directions.”
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Brolin stars as Royal Abbott in this mystery thriller. As the Abbotts are dealing with the disappearance of their daughter-in-law Rebecca, an untimely death in the community sets off a chain of tension-filled events, and troubles come to a head with the arrival of a mysterious black void in the Abbotts’ west pasture.
“You have Yellowstone and the Western genre is back,” Brolin said, “and then everybody is trying to piggyback on that thing. I think what we’ve done is create a danger zone, and it doesn’t feel safe.”
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“Being British I was really obsessed with the American west and the myth of the American west growing up,” Poots said, “so getting to be a part of it and deconstruct it, and have this otherworldly element was just a dream come true.”
“Sheriff Joy, to me, is the light in a very dark world,” Podemski said. “I was brought to this particularly because its a Western turned upside down, and I love the way that people are describing it as a Neo-Western because Hollywood isn’t really known for its truthful depiction of Native Americans, so this was really attractive to me because we have a great opportunity to bring audiences a very different narrative.”
Outer Range premieres April 15 on Amazon Prime for an eight-episode run.
Check out the panel video above.
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