Country Singer Cory Asbury Says He Nearly Played Yellowstone‘s Fourth Dutton Brother. When the series announced that the fifth season would be its last, Asbury was “so bummed।”
Fans will not be able to meet another Dutton family member once Yellowstone ends after season five।
Before news broke that the hit Paramount series’ fifth season would be the last, country singer Cory Asbury announced that he was supposed to play the “long-lost brother” of Luke Grimes’ Kayce Dutton in a planned sixth season।
“I was fired up about it and so bummed when it was cancelled, so bummed,” Asbury, 38, told Taste of Country during an Instagram Live Q&A with podcast host Adison Haager।
Because they said things like, “Yeah, you’ll have to cancel all your shows, it’ll take a full year of your life,” to which he replied, “Yeah, alright, cool.” Sounds excellent.
He remembered the casting director telling him that they both looked at his social media and thought he was “really cool” and a good fit for the character, even though he never had the chance to meet Grimes or the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan.
Asbury added, “But then it canceled and I was like, ‘Screw this, I’m talking about it.'” He had been advised not to divulge any details about the character that might have been.
Regarding the squandered chance, he continued, “It’s just sad.” It is a depressing fact.
Following months of conjecture concerning the reasons behind the decision to cancel the popular show after five seasons, there is now word of a possible expansion of the Dutton family plot.
Due to the writers’ and performers’ strike earlier this year, Paramount confirmed this month that the series’ last episode will air in November 2024—a full year after it was originally scheduled for release.
The midseason finale of the last season aired on January 1, 2023, with the first half of the season premiering in November 2022. Following rumors that Matthew McConaughey was joining the program and that Kevin Costner, 68, was leaving, many members of the cast failed to show up for a panel discussing the series in April, raising questions about what would happen to the show’s lead actor.
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In September, Costner disclosed that his decision to leave the program was the consequence of creative differences behind the scenes as well as logistical difficulties during a child support court as part of his divorce settlement with his wife of eighteen years, Christine Baumgartner.
He revealed that his decision to leave the Paramount Network series was the result of a “long, hard-fought negotiation” about breaking season 5 into two parts when testifying in Santa Barbara, California.
It didn’t work for Costner to film Yellowstone twice a year; instead, he stated he needed to concentrate on his own Western epic, the four-part film series Horizon: An American Saga. To film the first half of season 5, Costner claimed to have “changed” his schedule, saying, “That’s a big deal in this world.”
He stated that there were “no scripts written” for the second half of season 5 at that moment, and the first half of the season was still unfinished.
In his deposition, Costner stated that he was unable to continue helping the Western series, even though he wished to return for its sixth season. We attempted to bargain; there were problems with the creative, and they gave me less money than in prior seasons.
The actor claimed that before finally giving up, he tried one last time to return and instructed his agents to “have them pay me whatever number, we came up with a number, and they [Yellowstone] walked away.” On the witness stand, he stated that he thought the sum was $12 million.
“I’m not participating, I’ve been told it’s a little disappointing that [it’s] the #1 show on TV,” he continued.
Costner said, “I will probably go to court over it,” in response to the question of whether he will get paid for the second half of Yellowstone season 5.