Timothy Olyphant offers salvation as Raylan Givens, nearly a decade since ‘Justified’ wrapped in 2015.
Olyphant reprises his lead role of Elmore Leonard in the new series ‘Justified: City Primeval’, based on the novel ‘City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit’.
According to the official description, after leaving the Kentucky howls 15 years ago, Raylan Givens now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl. His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road ahead of him is suddenly much shorter than the road behind.
A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway leads him to Detroit. There he meets Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s best once and aims to do it again. Mansell’s attorney, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even as she finds herself caught between cop and criminal, with her own game on. These three characters set off on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard style, to see who can make it out of Primeval City alive.
“Justified” ran for six seasons on FX from 2010 to 2015, garnering eight Emmy nominations. Olyphant won Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 for his role as Givens. The actor is an executive producer on “Justified: City Primeval,” alongside showrunners Dave Andron and Michael Dinner, as well as EPs Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Taylor Elmore, Chris Provenzano and VJ Boyd.
Peter Leonard of the Elmore Leonard Estate will serve as executive producer in association with MGM Television. Walter Mosley and Ingrid Escajeda are consulting producers and Eisa Davis is a producer. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.
Quentin Tarantino was reportedly in talks to direct an episode of ‘Justified: City Primeval.’ Tarantino has already adapted material from author Leonard, including the inspiration for “Jackie Brown.”
The author separately announced in November 2022 that he will be directing a limited series, but no details have been shared as of press time.
“Justified: City Primeval” premieres July 18 on FX on Hulu. Check out the trailer below.