Justified: City Primeval drops trailer, poster art and premiere date

Timothy Olyphant

Justified: City Primeval released a new teaser trailer and poster art with a premiere date set on July 18. Timothy Olyphant returns with his famous stetson as U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens in the Chicago Made FX eight-episode limited-run series.

Filmed on location in Chicago and on the stages of Chicago Studio City last summer, the much anticipated reboot of the FX two-time Emmy winning Justified is developed by showrunners Dave Andron and Michael Dinner. The series follows Raylan 15 years beyond the events of the original series. He is now living in Miami with his teenage daughter and dealing with the next chapter of his life, surrounded by a new group of friends, and foes.

“He’s older and wiser, but he’s still got it,” co-showrunner Dinner told Entertainment Weekly, “He has about five years before there’s a mandatory retirement in the Marshal service, so he’s coming to the end of that life. The road in front of this guy is a lot shorter than the road behind. We’re dealing with this next chapter of his life — we did Justified for six or seven years, and that was kind of like Act 1. This is Act 2 of his life, and it’s an existential story.”


Olyphant’s real life daughter Vivian Olyphant plays his on screen daughter Willa Givens.

“You’re not going to recognize anyone — the world, the relationships,” Olyphant told Entertainment Weekly. “I just don’t think you’re going to see what’s coming. On one hand, I really missed the cast from the original series, and on the other hand, I was so in awe and honored to work with the cast on this one.”

A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends Raylan Givens to Detroit where he crosses paths with Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again.

The showrunners believe that it’s really important to raise the stakes with the new villain. “If you’re bringing Raylan back, you put him up against a really, really bad guy who doesn’t have any problem killing people, because Raylan could die,” says Andron. “This is a limited [series] and Raylan could very well not make it out of this. Every season we ended the show with ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,’ but then he does. Right up until the end of the show, you know Raylan’s not going to die, and obviously he did not at the end. But I think, at this point, all bets are off.”

Olyphant serves as Executive Producer with Carl BeverlyVJ BoydTaylor ElmorePeter LeonardChris ProvenzanoSarah Timberman, and Graham Yost. Producers include Cami PattonJim SodiniDave AndronEisa Davis, and Michael Dinner, who also directs with Jon Avnet.

Justified: City Primeval was filmed on location in Chicago and on the stages of Chicago Studio City. The eight-episode FX limited-series spinoff will premiere July 18.


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