Everything We Know So Far About the 'Yellowstone' Prequel Series '1883'

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Everything We Know So Far About the 'Yellowstone' Prequel Series '1883'

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Prepare for a Dutton duo: The hit Paramount Network show Yellowstone is getting a prequel series that will look back at the Dutton family before they founded their Montana cattle ranch. Originally announced in February 2021, during the Super Bowl, 1883 (previously known as Y: 1883) remained mysterious for months. However, as its December debut rapidly approaches, we're getting more and more details about what to expect from this new entry into the Yellowstone universe.

Here's what we know so far:

When will it debut?

In mid-August, Paramount+ surprised Yellowstone lovers with the announcement that the prequel would be debuting Sunday, December 19, on the steaming service. It's a slight departure for the Yellowstone universe, as the original show premieres on Paramount Network and is available to stream via NBCUniversal's Peacock steamer.

Subsequently, they announced that the show had officially begun production in Fort Worth, TX. It was a surprising move considering that the schedule would only allow the show a little more than three months before the first episode debuts, but thus far the show appears to be sticking tight to its December debut date.

Its first official trailer has arrived

During the season 4 Yellowstone debut, the show not only showed off a first look at the 1883 characters, including Tim McGraw as James Dutton, but also premiered the show's first official teaser trailer.

Then, on December 3, the show finally gave us a full look at what awaits on the road ahead, with a full trailer packed with gunslinging, tensions on the trail, and plenty of family drama. Watch it in full below:

What's the show about?

As the name suggests, the show will focus on the Dutton family in the late 19th century as they set out westward across the Great Plains to create the Montana homestead that will one day become the focus of so many trials and tribulations for their descendants.

The official synopsis reveals, "1883 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."

In November, the show released their first teaser art, featuring a burned-out covered wagon on the plains.

Photo credit: Paramount+
Photo credit: Paramount+

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will star in the prequel.

In August 2021, it was announced that country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will be starring in 1883 as James and Margaret Dutton.

“This is truly a dream job,” McGraw said in a statement. “[Show creator Taylor Sheridan] has found a way of storytelling that brilliantly creates these epic dramas and family sagas with so much depth and creativity. The Duttons are tremendous characters and it’s so thrilling to be able to bring them to life.”

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Hill added. “The Duttons are a formidable family and it is an absolute dream to bring such a strong female character like Margaret Dutton to life. I am humbled and honored to work with Taylor and his entire team.”

In December, the couple, who marked their 25th anniversary on set, spoke to People about what it was like to act together on screen for the first time. "We have made it a point not to work on our scenes together until we're on set," Hill said. "It's important that we react to one another naturally as characters not as husband and wife."

"It's been incredible to do scenes together and to watch her work," McGraw added, sharing that some scene hit (literally) a little close to home. "We had this scene where she has to slap me. I was expecting a finger slap but it was a paw to the jaw. There was 25 years of pent-up aggression going on!" he joked. "When you see it on screen, you realize it was a genuine hit."

The Cast

In addition to Hill and McGraw, early on it was revealed that the cast would be rounded out by western-genre veteran Sam Elliott as Shea Brennan, a cowboy who guides the Duttons from Texas to Montana, Isabel May (Alexa and Katie) who will play Elsa, the Duttons eldest daughter, LaMonica Garrett (Designated Survivor) as Thomas, a Pinkerton who works closely with Sam Elliott's Shea, and Billy Bob Thornton as Marshal Jim Courtright.

In November, a full cast list was finally revealed, including Audie Rick as the Duttons son (and future father of Yellowstone's John) John Dutton Sr., and Dawn Olivieri as James Dutton's sister Claire. Also joining the cast will be Marc Rissmann, Eric Nelsen, James Landry Hébert, Emma Malouff, Alex Fine, Gratiela Brancusi, Anna Fiamora, Nichole Galicia, Stephanie Nur, Amanda Jaros, Noah Le Gros, and Martin Sensmeier.

It's not the only addition to the Yellowstone universe.

The 1883 prequel comes as part of a larger deal between Yellowstone co-creator, writer, and executive producer Taylor Sheridan and ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group with an eye toward a number of new series, according to Variety.

Paramount+ has also announced that the show will be getting a spinoff, which is currently operating under the working title 6666. While details about the project are scarce, the synopsis released along with the show's announcement seems to suggest that it will be set on a modern West Texas ranch, with a history just as fraught and potentially dramatic as the Duttons'. Read the full synopsis below:

Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing ... The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made.

Catch up on Yellowstone:

Seasons 1, 2, and 3 of Yellowstone are available for purchase on Amazon Prime, or streaming through Peacock.


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