Billy Bob Thornton to Star in Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Land Man’ at Paramount+

Billy Bob Thornton at the 1883 Premiere
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Billy Bob Thornton and Taylor Sheridan are teaming up again.

The Academy Award winner will star in Sheridan’s upcoming drama, Land Man, on Paramount+, as a crisis manager for an oil company. This comes after Thornton appeared in the Academy Award nominated-executive producer’s 1883, the Yellowstone prequel also on the streaming service. Production will begin in 2023.

The series is based on the notable 11-part podcast, Boomtown. It is set in the proverbial boomtowns of West Texas and is a modern-day tale of fortune-seeking in the world of oil rigs. The series is an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires that are fueling a boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy and our geopolitics.

“We are in the privileged position to be able to work with people that we truly admire,” said David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, in a statement. “With Land Man, Taylor developed it with Billy Bob in mind, and we were thrilled when he came on board. He is not only one of the greatest actors of our generation but also a true creative partner.”

Land Man is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios. Joining Sheridan and Glasser as executive producers are Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Geyer Kosinski, Dan Friedkin, Jason Hoch, Scott Brown, and Megan Creydt.

This news comes after Paramount+ also announced that it has ordered more of Sheridan’s 1883 and is making plans for the next chapter in the Duttons’ story with 1932, which will follow a new generation of the family during the time of western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression.