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First Looks At All-Star Cast Of Black Cowboy Opera “They Die By Dawn”

First Looks At All-Star Cast Of Black Cowboy Opera "They Die By Dawn"

It’s titled They Die By Dawn – described as a western featuring black cowboys, conceived and directed by Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts (a collaborative group of artists – both music and film – headed by Samuel).

And you’ll be impressed with this all-star cast for They Die By Dawn: Idris Elba, Jesse Williams, Michael K. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Denzel Whitaker, Roger Guenveur SmithRosario Dawson, Kelly HuShanola Hampton, Erykah Badu, and others.

But it’s not a feature film unfortunately; it’s a short (I don’t have length info yet).

The film is reportedly based on a series of real-life stories.

Here’s the synop:

Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue.

Info is limited at the moment, but I did find one profile of The Bullitts that said the project “aims to intertwine narrative, suspense and music into one studio development.” In essence, they plan to make a film :)

I’m definitely curious what Samuel is cooking up here, especially with this cast. 

The film is currently in production, with shooting apparently already underway – if not very soon to be – in Melody Ranch, Los Angeles.

Rosario Dawson tweeted the pictures above and below of some of the cast members in costume, on set.

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i ride horses, knowing that a movie was made that was about a black western just fascinates and interests me even more….especially in the western movie and horse industries…..i cant wait for the movie to come out

perly amo

i cant wait too see a black cowboy movie …… ho ever thought about its is smart we deff need more black westerns in the air well dune

jay lomax

its about time for hollywood to start making some black westerns
cowboy movies . did any 1 think of a black john wayne . i dont no y its not in theaters rit now look tight


You had me at Bookeem. <3


Wow, I really want to see this. I can't wait. Loving that pic of Badu.

Joyce Marie Wright

Oh goodie! A film that I can wrap my senses around…like a fine meal. I can't wait! In the meantime, Im gonna spread the word! Thank yo ufor sharing….thank you for being!


It's sad how the many contributions and exploits of black "cowboys" have been virtually lost with time. A quality cast in short film is a nice start to pay homage to them. Also while the picture of Badu looks woefully out of place, it may just be that it wasn't shot in the same manner as the rest of the pictures. She may fit in very well with in the actual film. The look on her face doesn't help though but I'm still a big fan of her hers.

Roland G

What the f**k is this? I aint heard nothing about it. About time we had a black western (that ain't that Posse crap)!
Amazeballs! I literally cannot wait to see it!


was badu even in "gang of roses"? Was she unconvincing in her previous movie roles? if not then (?) I'm surprised nobody is calling this "POSSE 2" they way y'all are sounding.

I hope it doesnt end up being a musical, I'd hate to see a pretty damn good cast like this doing a musical…lol

the black police

Such a "dream" cast seems to be going to waste. I have my reservations but I'll check it out as soon as I can.

Why not make a deep everyday life kind of movie?


Cast looks legit, though Erykah looks out of place. The weave, the top hat, the shirt; makes it look kind of campy.






Oh, I'm loving the cast and potential here! Nate Parker and Isaiah Washington are looking quite yummy, I must say! :D


It had to be a short cause Erykah Badu is one of the most difficult persons to deal with on a set but don't ask me ask Téa Leoni for the real deal, watch her eyes roll when you state that name, beyond that the cast is nice!!!

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