'Yellowstone' Prequel: First Cast and Character Details Revealed for '1883'

We’re finally getting some m​​ore details about 1883, the prequel to Paramount’s hit Western drama Yellowstone. The upcoming Paramount+ series about the origins of the Dutton family was announced back in February. Now, three key cast members have been revealed, including the real-life country music couple who will play a pair of Dutton family ancestors. 

What will the ‘Yellowstone’ prequel be about?

1883 will go back more than 100 years to look at the history of the complicated family at the center of Yellowstone.

The show “follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana,” according to a description from Paramount+.

1883 is created by Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan also co-created Yellowstone, which stars Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the patriarch of a powerful Montana ranching family.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw join ‘1883’ cast

So far, three big names have signed on to 1883, including country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Oscar-nominee Sam Elliott.

McGraw and Hill will play James and Margaret Dutton, the Dutton family patriarch and matriarch. Elliott will play a character named Shea Brennan. Brennan is  “a tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past. He has the herculean task of guiding a group from Texas to Montana, and he does not suffer fools.”

Tim McGraw calls ‘1883’ role a ‘dream job’

In a statement, McGraw called his 1883 role his “dream job” and said he and Hill couldn’t wait to bring James and Margaret Dutton to life. He also expressed excitement about working with both Sheridan and Elliott.

“Faith and I get to star alongside Sam Elliott, I mean goodness gracious, for the new Yellowstone prequel 1883,” he said in a video he shared on Twitter.It’s going to be a fantastic family saga about the original Duttons and their journey to Montana and how they founded the ranch up there. Written by Taylor Sheridan of course …. who’s just one of the most special writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading material from. We couldn’t be more excited.” 

Hill called the chance to play a role in 1882 “the opportunity of a lifetime.” 

“It is an absolute dream to bring such a strong female character like Margaret Dutton to life,” she said in a statement.

Elliott described Sheridan as “a brilliant writer.” 

“I think the western genre speaks clearly to both of us,” he said. “The classic struggles of man against man, man against nature and man against himself. It’s all there, in 1883, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Paramount+ has not yet announced a premiere date for 1883. Yellowstone Season 4 will likely premiere in November 2021, according to Deadline. 

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