Horizon: An American Saga – Everything we know

Daisy Phillipson
Still from Horizon: An American Saga teaser

Horizon: An American Saga is, well, on the horizon. Kevin Costner is back in the saddle for another western adventure that is sure to excite fans of the actor’s long body of work.

Horizon comes as Yellowstone draws to a close, with Taylor Sheridan’s flagship Western series set to end after Season 5. But the Dutton Ranch will live on through its various spin-offs, including 1923, 2024, 6666, and a currently untitled Matthew McConaughey project. 

One character we can say goodbye to, however, is John Dutton. Kevin Costner is leaving one ranch for another, with the Hollywood star currently wrapped up in his Western epic Horizon: An American Saga.

If you want to learn more about what to expect, here’s what we know about the two-part motion picture event. 

Horizon: An American Saga release date – When is it out?

Horizon: An American Saga – Part 1 hit June 28, 2024. Part 2 has been delayed, with no new release date announced.

THR announced the theatrical delay for Horizon: An American Saga – Part 2 on July 10. The decision to delay it was mutually made by Costner’s production company, Territory Pictures, and New Line Cinema.

The delay is to allow viewers more time to catch Part 1 when it releases on VOD on July 16. As of this writing, there’s no announcement for when it will arrive on other streaming services. However, Horizon will be streaming on Max when it finally makes its debut.

Earlier reports suggested that Horizon would be split into four movies. While that still appears to be the plan, only the first two currently have set release dates. Depending on how successful Chapters 1 and 2 are at the box office, we may see that number change over time.

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone
Kevin Costner is leaving Yellowstone and focusing on Horizon

Amazingly, the project was commissioned all the way back in 1988, but it never fully made it off the ground – until last year. In April 2022, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema picked up the distribution rights for Costner’s passion project.

Speaking to Deadline at the time, Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said: “Kevin’s ambitious vision for this story is the perfect crystallization of his affinity for the American West and passion to bring this turning point in its history to life with all the human drama, cultural complexity and immense scope that it merits.”

Filming for the first installment started in August 2022 in southern Utah before concluding in November.

Horizon: An American Saga cast – Who’s in it?

Alongside Costner directing and starring in Horizon: An American Saga, the two-part movie boasts a star-studded cast, including: 

  • Sienna Miller
  • Sam Worthington
  • Jena Malone
  • Abbey Lee
  • Michael Rooker
  • Danny Huston
  • Luke Wilson
  • Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Jeff Fahey
  • Will Patton
  • Tatanka Means
  • Owen Crow Shoe
  • Ella Hunt
  • Jamie Campbell Bower

The character descriptions are yet to be released, but we’ll be sure to keep this space updated when more details emerge. 

Speaking to Variety last year, before the actors’ strike, Costner explained that the story “really involves a lot of women, to be honest. There are a lot of men in it, too, but the women are really strong in Horizon. 

“It’s just them trying to get by every day in a world that was impossibly tough. They were often [dragged] out to these places because that’s where the men wanted to go; women were following their men. 

“They didn’t ask to be in these territories that were unsettled and dangerous, and life wasn’t easy. I’ve chosen to make sure that was really obvious, that that wasn’t easy, and how vulnerable people were.”

Horizon: An American Saga plot – What is it about?

The official synopsis reads: “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.”

In the same Variety interview, Costner said of Horizon when it was still set to be a four-movie event: “They’re all different films that all connect, so you’re watching a saga of these storylines that are happening.”

Is there a Horizon: An American Saga trailer?

The full trailer for Horizon: An American Saga was officially released on February 26, 2024. You can watch it yourself below:

Prior to this, there was also a teaser for Horizon, which dropped on October 5, 2023. You can check it out here: 

If you’re a fan of Horizon and Yellowstone, you can check out our guide to every Yellowstone cameo in Horizon. You can also find out why Kevin Costner isn’t concerned about Horizon flopping and see why we think Yellowstone proves cowboys should cry more.

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