Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Chapter 1 Runtime Revealed: Yes, It is Very Long!

Kevin Costner's 'Horizon: An American Saga' Chapter 1 Runtime Revealed: Yes, It is Very Long!
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Kevin Costner is one of the most recognizable names in the movie industry, without a doubt. He has starred in numerous movies, including The Untouchables, JKF, The Bodyguard, and others, but it seems that was Kevin Costner really likes is the western genre. He starred in Wyatt Earp, directed and starred in Dances with Wolves, which earned him two Oscars and starred in the western series Hatfields & McCoys and Yellowstone. It is obvious that he likes the Wild West in all shapes and sizes, and his next movie projects confirm that. Costner is currently working on a four-part movie series, Horizon: An American Saga, which is going to be set in the Civil War era, and we have just received confirmation of the first film’s epic runtime.

Kevin Costner is directing, starring, and co-writing the saga, with Jon Baird joining him as co-writer. It is planned to consist of four epic films exploring the expansion of the American West, with the first two premiering this year, while the third and fourth movies don’t have a release date just yet.

When you’re making a four-part movie series, it is more than obvious that you’re aiming to create an epic series that will surpass most other series in that aspect. There is certainly going to be at least 10 hours of material there, as we have received confirmation that the first chapter of Horizon: An American Saga will have a runtime of 181 minutes (3 hours and 1 minute)! And while this wouldn’t be a surprising runtime for an epic Western movie, the fact that we’re dealing with just the first out of four parts has us thinking that Costner has something very special planned for the fans.

The saga will see a large, ensemble cast, with the following names confirmed as of the time of writing (where there is no role indicated, it means that it is undisclosed as of the time of writing):

  • Kevin Costner as Hayes Ellison
  • Sienna Miller as Frances Kittredge
  • Sam Worthington as First Lt. Trent Gephardt
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Roland Bailey
  • Danny Huston as Colonel Houghton
  • Michael Rooker as Sgt. Major Riordan
  • Jena Malone as Ellen/Lucy
  • Michael Angarano as Walter Childs
  • Abbey Lee as Marigold
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Caleb Sykes
  • Jon Beavers as Junior Sykes
  • Owen Crow Shoe as Pionsenay
  • Tatanka Means as Taklishim
  • Wasé Chief as Liluye
  • Luke Wilson as Matthew Van Weyden
  • Ella Hunt as Juliette Chesney
  • Tom Payne as Hugh Proctor
  • Will Patton as Owen Kittredge
  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Diamond Kittredge
  • Jeff Fahey
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Alejandro Edda
  • Tim Guinee
  • Colin Cunningham
  • Scott Haze
  • Angus Macfadyen
  • Douglas Smith
  • Michael Provost
  • Kathleen Quinlan as Annie Pine
  • Larry Bagby
  • James Russo
  • Dale Dickey as Mrs. Sykes
  • Hayes Costner
  • James Landry Hébert
  • Dalton Baker
  • Georgia MacPhail
  • Naomi Winders
  • Austin Archer
  • Charles Baker

The first chapter is set to be released on June 28, 2024, while the second one is scheduled to be released on August 16, 2024, so the interval won’t be that big. As for the plot, the official website of the movie reveals the following:

In the great tradition of Warner Bros. Pictures’ iconic Westerns, “Horizon: An American Saga” explores the lure of the Old West and how it was won—and lost—through the blood, sweat and tears of many. Spanning the four years of the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, Costner’s ambitious cinematic adventure will take audiences on an emotional journey across a country at war with itself, experienced through the lens of families, friends and foes all attempting to discover what it truly means to be the United States of America.

Horizon: An American Saga definitely seems to be a major project for Costner and it has the potential to become a genre classic, so we will keep you updated about the project with all the news that arrives in the upcoming weeks, ahead of the release.

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