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Wes Joins “Yellowstone”

Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly and Two More Board Taylor Sheridan Paramount Network Drama

Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount Network drama is adding to its ensemble.

Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting) have signed on to star alongside Kevin Costner in Yellowstone, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Yellowstone — picked up straight-to-series in May as the first show developed specifically for the rebranded Paramount Network — revolves around the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. that is under constant attack by those it borders: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park.

The 10-episode drama from Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario) is described as a study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news, but a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.

Bentley will portray John’s other son, Jamie, a polished lawyer considering a career in politics who continues to seek approval from his father despite his love for the limelight. The Interstellar, Hunger Games and American Horror Story alum is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

Sheridan will write and direct Yellowstone. John and Art Linson (Sons of Anarchy, Fight Club, Heat) will exec produce alongside the Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser as well as Sheridan and Costner.

Production on the series starts in August in Utah for a summer 2018 premiere.

At Paramount Network, which will take the place of Spike TV at the start of 2018, Yellowstone joins fellow original series American Woman and a reboot of Heathers, both of which were previously developed at fellow Viacom cable channel TV Land.

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“American Horror Story: Hotel” – First Scene Released

In a bit of cross-promotional Ryan Murphy synergy, the first scene from American Horror Story: Hotel premiered during Tuesday night’s episode of Scream Queens. What it lacks in Lady Gaga, it more than makes up for in menace. We see Wes Bentley’s character laying down for a bit of a rest in the mysterious Hotel Cortez and as the camera pans down audiences get a heaping American Horror Story dose of gore.

In Season 5, Bentley will playing John Lowe, a detective investigating murderous goings on at the hotel. He’s our everyman but who knows how long he’ll stay that way. As for the surprise underneath the bed, well, it’s a pretty familiar scene for anyone who has watched the previous four seasons of the FX horror anthology. If there’s anything we know aboutAmerican Horror Story (and Scream Queens, for that matter) it’s not to expect the dead to stay that way.

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Wes joins “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Wes Bentley joins American Horror Story: Hotel

Another American Horror Story alum is checking into Hotel: Wes Bentley has joined the cast of the upcoming installment of the FX anthology series.

“Thrilled to announce Wes Bentley will be a series regular on AHS: Hotel,” executive producer Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter.

Bentley, who previously appeared as Edward Mondrake during Freak Show’s run, joins the previously cast Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson for the upcoming season—though all of their roles are being kept under wraps.

Best known for his role in American Beauty, Bentley’s recent credits include The Hunger Games andInterstellar.

The 13-episode fifth season of American Horror Storyis expected to debut in October.

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Interview with Vulture.com

Wes Bentley on Teaching Lincoln in The Better Angels, Interstellar, and Malick’s Next Film

Wes Bentley, star of American Beauty and The Hunger Games, is suddenly everywhere. Over the weekend, he appeared in two new movies: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and A.J. Edwards’s The Better Angels, an ethereal, black-and-white drama that explores Abraham Lincoln’s childhood. In the latter, Bentley plays a soft-spoken school teacher who enters our future 16th president’s life and nudges him towards greatness. It’s a role in stark contrast to another appearance playing concurrently on the small screen: American Horror Story: Freak Show‘s Edward Mordrake. Seriously, Bentley is everywhere. Vulture sat down with the actor to touch on each of his spinning plates, plus the everlasting effect of The Hunger Games and an unlikely fandom surrounding Ghost Rider.

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