Dennis Quaid Joins ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Off Series ‘Bass Reeves’

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Dennis Quaid joined the cast of yet another “Yellowstone” spin-off series, “Bass Reeves,” Variety announced Thursday.

Originally titled “1883: The Bass Reeves Story,” the next spin-off from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan follows the very true story of America’s first black U.S. Marshall. Reeves was born a slave and worked his way up the ranks until he was one of the only people trusted to help government officials traverse Indian territory in the 19th century.

David Oyelowo is taking on the title role of Bass Reeves, while Quaid will portray Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy U.S. Marshall, according to Variety. The show will air on Paramount+ sometime in 2023, once filming wraps in Texas.

“Reeves was known as the greatest frontier hero in American history and also believed to be the inspiration for ‘The Lone Ranger.’ He worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded,” according to the show’s official description.

“Bass Reeves” is one of few television series Quaid has ever done. He’s best known as a film actor, having appeared in everything from “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Traffic” to “The Parent Trap.”

Of course, Sheridan must be used to this by now. He managed to get Kevin Costner into the leading role of his iconic series “Yellowstone” back when they thought the show would fail. He cast film legends Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren in his most recent series, “1923.” (RELATED: Nicole Kidman Cast In Next Series From ‘Yellowstone’ Creator)

He even got Sylvester Stallone on television with “Tulsa King,” as well as Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman in his up-coming series, “Lioness.” At this point, anything Sheridan wants, he gets. And he’s fundamentally changing the nature of television forever.