Yellowstone's success is largely due to its exceptional ensemble cast, including Kevin Costner as John Dutton and Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler. According to showrunner Taylor Sheridan, Hauser was the perfect choice for the role, without even requiring an audition. Hauser's previous roles in Pitch Black and Tears of the Sun showcased his loyalty and ruggedness, which Sheridan found ideal for the character of Rip. While Costner's portrayal of Dutton is integral to the show, Sheridan expressed a desire for Costner to direct an episode, though his duties in front of the camera are demanding. Yellowstone season 5 is expected to resume in the fall.