Dennis Quaid portrays the upcoming six-part series Bass Reeves, created by Yellowstone Taylor Sheridan.
The 68-year-old actor told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that he has been working with the 52-year-old director on the Western series.
The Day After Tomorrow star revealed that he would begin filming the show the following day, and filming was scheduled to begin at 4 am.
“Riding horses and shooting guns. You know, chaos happens at four in the morning,” said the commander.
A representative for Paramount+ confirmed to Fox News Digital on Thursday that Quaid has joined the cast of Bass Reeves and will play Sheryl Lane, Deputy U.S. Marshal. The series is currently being filmed in Texas.
The series stars David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves, a real-life former slave who becomes the first black American marshal deputy west of the Mississippi River in the 1870s. The legendary lawman was said to have captured more than 3,000 deserters and killed 14 outlaws in Indian Territory by the time Sheridan’s “1883” was set.
The plot synopsis for the upcoming series reads: “‘Bass Reeves’ will bring to life the legendary lawman of the Wild West. Known as the greatest frontier hero in American history, Reeves is also believed to be the inspiration for The Lone Ranger.” post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, apprehending more than 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without sustaining any injuries.”
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Oyelowo, 46, revealed Sheridan’s involvement with “Bass Reeves” at a dinner hosted by President and CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios Chris McCarthy and 101 Studios CEO David C. Glaser in London last July, on deadline.
At the time, Oyelowo told Deadline that Sheridan was set to direct the first two episodes. However, a Paramount+ spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Emmy-nominated Christina Alexandra Voros, who directed eight episodes of “Yellowstone” and four episodes of “1883,” directed the first episode.
“The truth is [Taylor] He’s one of the best directors on the planet,” Oyelowo told Deadline.
The Selma director went on to explain that he wanted to recruit a variety of directors for the project.
“We have to populate the show with a group of black people to make sure going forward that the next Taylors are black and brown and that there’s a group of them, so that it doesn’t become a dearth of a primarily black director,” he said.
Over a July dinner, Oyelowo explained that he had been trying to get the project started for a decade. The British native serves as executive producer with his wife, Jessica Oyelowo, Sheridan, Glaser, Chad Feehan, David Permut, Ron Burkle, Bob Yare, and David Hotkin.
Bass Reeves will be produced by Oilos’ production company Europa Saxon, Sheridan’s productions Bosque Ranch Productions, MTV Entertainment Studios, and 101 Studios.
Oyelowo told Deadline that the series will follow Bass’ early life as a slave, his time in Indian Territories learning indigenous languages and tracking skills, and his career as a deputy ranger in the “incredibly lawless” Wild West.
“The death rate for being a deputy marshal at the time was so high that the fact that he stopped 3,000 people — and a career that extended into his 60s — was unimaginable,” said the Emmy nominee.
Oyelowo noted that Sheridan read the script as an executive producer on the project and then “decided to drop everything to direct the first two episodes because he was so excited about what we were coming up with”.
A representative for ‘The Butler’ told Deadline he was in London and not expecting to hear from Sheridan when the creator of ‘1923’ sent him a text saying ‘I like the script. I hope you won’t mind if I direct it, sir?'”
“I was like, ‘Let me think about it! ‘” Oyelowe recalled with a laugh.
He added, “He called me sir, that’s something southern.” “I think he was just being polite. He asked, which I appreciated.”
Oyelowo explained, “The truth is he’s one of the best storytellers on the planet. It’s all about that we have to tell a story that’s worthy of history, but worthy of a global audience and he’s one of those rare people, I’ve worked with quite a few of them, and he’s one of those rare people who can He really did. It’s a big deal.”
“For me, it’s definitely a big deal. Especially after I’ve been out with her twice, and the whole industry has rejected the idea of telling the story.”
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Quaid revealed his engagement to Bass Reeves for the first time at the premiere of the documentary “Grid Down, Power Up” at Sony Studios in Culver City. The “The Parent Trap” actor narrated the film, which explores vulnerabilities in America’s power grid and bipartisan solutions to protect it from threats.
Director and producer David Tice told Fox News Digital that he was drawn to the project because of his concerns about the threats to the country’s power grid and the impact its failure could have on the lives of his four grandchildren.
“I was worried when I learned about the percentage chance of a geomagnetic disturbance where there will be a solar flare that will disrupt our network unless we protect it,” he said.
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“It’s easily protected. Today, about a third of 1% of the current $1.3 trillion infrastructure bill would protect us. And I think of my grandchildren and it may not happen in 20 or 30 years, no matter how many years I live. But my grandchildren will be about 90 in some years. And I tell you, it will happen.”
Tice and Quaid are old friends who worked on “Soul Surfer” together. Tice told Fox News Digital that he and the actor used to discuss potential threats to America’s energy grid on the set of the 2011 movie.
“Of his decision to cast Quaid as the narrator, Tice said, “I knew he would bring gravitas to this film.” And what is the best statesman? Everyone loves Dennis Quaid. Everyone knows Dennis Quaid.”
“So, getting him involved was a big creative move for this movie,” he added.