Kevin Costner, Matthew McConaughey Could Both Lose Big To Michelle Pfeiffer, Source Claims: REPORT

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Kevin Costner and Matthew McConaughey may need to step aside as rumors erupted in April that Michelle Pfeiffer was more than vying for the lead role in the “Yellowstone” franchise’s next big project.

As we told you back in February, Pfeiffer is tipped to be taking over the helm of the upcoming “Yellowstone” spin-off, currently titled “2024.” The spin-off is the first for the future of the “Yellowstone” ranch, coming after such prequel hits as “1884” and “1923.” Rumors and reports initially named McConaughey as the expected lead for whatever Taylor Sheridan creates for the series. But now Pfeiffer might be stepping into his Stetson.

“Michelle is primed for big, big things and the mood is the franchise will go a different route and embrace girl power and move with the times,” an insider told Life&Style.

McConaughey is still reportedly stalling when it comes to signing a deal to lead the franchise. “Matthew’s stalling could really cost him, and he still hasn’t inked a deal. Kevin’s return isn’t set in stone either — and he’s only going to get a cameo at best, thanks to hard-line tactics, so the coast is clear for Michelle to take over,” the source continued.

US actress Michelle Pfeiffer poses during a photocall for the European premiere of Disney’s dark fantasy adventure film “Maleficent : Mistress of Evil” on October 7, 2019 in Rome. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND: Michelle Pfeiffer arrives at the Paramount+ UK launch at Outernet London on June 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Paramount+)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Michelle Pfeiffer attends the Ant-Man and The Wasp Quantumania world premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California on February 06, 2023. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 2023 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

US actress Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 33rd Annual Environmental Media Association (EMA) Awards Gala at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Los Angeles on January 27, 2024. (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Pfeiffer could be exactly what “Yellowstone” needs to seriously move forward as a franchise. Though I believe Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) and the Bunkhouse Boys — particularly Jimmy — need their own spin-off series too, there’s no telling who from the original show will survive through to the next iteration. (RELATED: Jon Hamm Shares Exciting Update On ‘Very Well-Written’ New Taylor Sheridan Series)

We’re supposed to see the last episodes of “Yellowstone” in November. Whether that will actually happen is anyone’s guess.