The First A-Lister to Play John Dutton on "Yellowstone" Was Not Kevin Costner.

Imagine anyone other than Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone – impossible, right? However, 

Another Hollywood heavyweight was once considered for the part of the Dutton clan's patriarch. 

The backstage account of how Costner got the character is a fascinating tale of miscommunication and artistic vision.   

Here's a closer look at how Costner got the part of John Dutton.    

It's tough to imagine anyone other than Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone. Interestingly, Robert Redford,  

Better known as the Sundance Kid, was a leading contender for the role of Dutton family patriarch.  

Sheridan disclosed to The Hollywood Reporter that producers felt the film needed a high-profile star to seal a deal. 

However, Sheridan and the producers were not entirely on the same page. 

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