But earlier this week, Deadwood star Garret Dillahunt, who played Francis Wolcott and Jack McCall in the series, took to Twitter with a glimmer of hope that HBO was once again in talks to resurrect the series, this time as a movie. HBO confirmed the rumor, stating that “very preliminary discussions” have started.
The series Deadwood takes its name from the town of Deadwood, South Dakota. The series was set during the late 1800s, a time when many men traveled out West to pan for gold. Deadwood came to define the “Wild West,” with a reputation for murder and mayhem. Women in the HBO series were featured prominently, but we’d love to see writers take a more in-depth approach when it comes to the female cast, beyond romantic interests.
Here are several real-life women of Deadwood we’d love to see in a film.
Poker Alice Tubbs
One of the most famous poker players in the American West, Alice Ivers (aka Poker Alice Tubbs) migrated from England and made a name for herself in the town of Deadwood as a fearsome card player. Ivers was a boarding school student and refined English lady, but after the death of her husband she found herself in financial ruin. She took up poker to get out of debt (though never on Sundays), treating herself to the best dresses and finer things in life. “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets,” was her favorite saying according to some historians. Alice, who was known to be quite the looker in her younger years, always carried a gun and loved a good cigar.