Outer Range is a new mystery thriller series that will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 15th. It’s being hailed as a neo-western, or a film that takes fundamental ideas from traditional westerns and applies them to a modern setting.
Outer Range stands out because it combines these neo-western ideas with a spooky twist. Royal Abbott’s world is turned upside down when he sees a black hole jutting from the soil on the far side of his ranch.
Royal sets out on a mission to safeguard his family and his land, uncovering the secrets of the close-knit village he calls home when the mysterious Autumn arrives and a town native dies.
Josh Brolin stars alongside Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, and Tom Pelphrey in this reimagining of the Western genre, directed by Brian Watkins.
When Will Outer Range Be Released?
On April 15th, 2022, Amazon Prime Video will release Outer Range. There will be eight episodes in the first season. Instead of publishing an episode every week or making all of the episodes available at once, two episodes will be released every week.
Who Are the Casts on the Outer Range?
The cast of Outer Range will be led by Josh Brolin (Deadpool 2, No Country For Old Men), who will also serve as executive producer. Brolin told Variety what stood out to him in Brian Watkin’s script as he embarked on his first major role in a television series in nearly two decades.
“It took a pretty simple, straight-forward genre and then it took remarkable twists, whether it be metaphysical or whatever you want to call it,” says Brolin, who will portray Royal Abbott, a rancher whose ranch becomes home to a black hole that threatens to uproot them and their way of life.
Autumn, a wanderer with a mysterious link to the town, will be played by British actress Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Green Room).
“Being British, I was really enamored with the American West and the myth of the American west growing up,” Poots continues, “so getting to be a part of it and deconstruct it, and have this otherworldly element was simply a dream come true,” she says of her character in the neo-western.
Tamara Podemski, who plays Sheriff Joy, is a major addition to the cast. “The Western does not include Indigenous thoughts and truths,” Podemski said of how Outer Range will portray Indigenous people, who are notoriously misrepresented in the western genre.
“Hollywood isn’t known for accurately portraying Native Americans, so this appealed to me because we have a unique opportunity to tell a completely different story to audiences.”
“Sheriff Joy, to me, is the light in a very dark world,” Podemski says of her character Joy, who is the town’s first LGBT Indigenous sheriff.
Lili Taylor, Lewis Pullman, Tom Pelphrey, Will Patton, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos, Matt Lauria, Isabel Araiza, Olive Abercrombie, MorningStar Angeline, and Diedre O’Connell complete the ensemble.
What Exactly Is Going On in the Outer Range?
The series incorporates imagery from the traditional western and American pastoral genres. The series pays homage to the classic western genre and the American pastoral, with cowboys, broad expanses of nature, and a strong connection to the land as a recurring element.
Importantly, as a new series, it aims to reverse and complicate the genre, which many regards as a neo-Western. A black hole’s supernatural feature lends a sense of disintegration and otherworldliness.
In a genre that is so centered on the American west, how can the series analyze or deconstruct the fear of the unknown, of the wild in a way that is distinct from the classic American western? If it can accomplish this without slipping into tired genre clichés and stereotypes, it should be a worthwhile series to watch.
What is the Outer Range’s Plot?
The Abbotts, a Wyoming rancher family, are dealing with the abduction of Rebecca, their daughter-in-law.
Autumn (Poots), a mystery vagabond, arrives on the family’s ranch, causing tension, as do the Tillersons, a nearby ranch tycoon family, who are trying to buy their ranch acreage.
When their small-town community suffers an untimely death, Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin) must safeguard his family while solving the mysteries that have engulfed his hometown.
When a mysterious black gap appears in Abbott’s pasture, events spiral out of control, revealing the secrets of a community and a family in ever-twisting and intriguing ways. Outer Range delves into the history of the American pastoral as well as the secrets hidden beneath it.
Is There Any Trailer?
Amazon released the official trailer for Outer Range on April 5th. In the first scene, old rancher Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin) stands front and center. The camera briefly follows Royal as he traverses the splendor of Wyoming’s countryside while mounted on a horse.
Before the camera switches to a dark rodeo and then Royal with his granddaughter outside a church, we get a fleeting view of snow-capped mountains in the background and a verdant stretch of grass rolling over lovely hills. Early on in the trailer, the symbolism of the American pastoral is referenced.
With all the success that Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone—and its ever-expanding universe, which now includes a spinoff prequel called 1883—has had, it was inevitable that other major producers of television were going to make an attempt to capture that same fire and excitement.
And if you want to imagine an alternate universe version of Yellowstone’s modern ranching environment, with a movie star in Josh Brolin, but with some crazy, trippy, Lost-Esque, Alex Garland-Esque sci-fi ripples, there’s Amazon Prime Video’s new series Outer Range. And, let me tell you, this show is incredible.