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Yellowstone (2018- ) creator Taylor Sheridan seems to be unstoppable when it comes to the making of western dramas.
The highly anticipated spinoff 1923 (previously titled 1932) is now the fourth series that centers around the Dutton family, owners of the iconic Yellowstone ranch.
Starring legendary actors Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, the series is produced by 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios, both owned by Paramount Network. The prequel is in fact the sixth series Paramount has invested in with Taylor Sheridan.
Following on from the spinoff series 1883, 1923 is set around 35 years before the birth of Yellowstone‘s main character John Dutton III.
1923 will focus will be on how major historical events like World War I and Prohibition affected the next generation of Duttons.
Yellowstone Prequel 1923 Release Date
1923 premiered on Sunday, December 18, 2022, with new episodes airing weekly.
After episode 4 finished on Sunday, January 8, 2023, the series entered a winter break of approximately one month. With episode 8, the final episode in season 1, now out, fans have turned their attention to season 2.
The show creators have confirmed there will be a Season 2 of 1923 with eight episodes. Episode 1 of season 2 will likely be released in late 2023 or early 2024, exclusively on Paramount+.
1923 Season 1 had eight episodes;
|Episode 1 “1923”
|Sunday, December 18, 2022
|Episode 2 “Nature’s Empty Throne”
|Sunday, December 25, 2022
|Episode 3 “The War Has Come Home”
|Sunday, January 1, 2023
|Episode 4 “War and the Turquoise Tide”
|Sunday, January 8, 2023
|Episode 5 “Ghost of Zebrina”
|Sunday, February 5, 2023
|Episode 6 “One Ocean Closer to Destiny”
|Sunday, February 12, 2023
|Episode 7 “The Rule of Five Hundred”
|Sunday, February 19, 2023
|Sunday, February 26, 2023
As for how 1923 will fit into the Yellowstone universe, MTV Entertainment Studios and ViacomCBS Media Networks CEO Chris McCarthy made the following comment about the upcoming series:
“With the brilliant mind and gifted storytelling of Taylor Sheridan, we have created an entirely new world to explore with 1883 while expanding Yellowstone, and with 1932 [now 1923] we will open up a new chapter in this rapidly growing universe.”
The official trailer has given us our first live-action look at the main characters in 1923. Featuring scenes of WW1, gunfights, and characters holding guns, it’s clear 1923 will be anything but a peaceful show.
See the trailer below:
Yellowstone Prequel 1923 Plot
The original focus of the upcoming Yellowstone prequel was on how the Great Depression and the end of the Prohibition era affected the American West and the Duttons in it.
Under its new name, however, the series will focus on the aftermath of the First World War, as well as the times of Western Expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.
While the latter didn’t officially begin until 1929, it arrived a decade earlier in Montana.
Taylor Sheridan might have detected a historical issue with the original time period. Montana was the first state to stop the Prohibition in 1926. Therefore, the show’s focus couldn’t have been the Prohibition era if Sheridan kept the original title of 1932.
Also, with the show set closer to the end of WW1 in 1917, this will have a bigger and more complex impact on the characters.
The first Yellowstone spinoff, 1883, told the story of how the Duttons fled poverty marching through the Great Plains towards a better future.
Meanwhile, the upcoming prequel will give us insights into how the Duttons battled historical setbacks in their new home.
The official 1923 description writes:
“1923 focuses on the Dutton family’s next two generations as they struggle to survive historic drought, lawlessness and prohibition, and an epidemic of cattle theft; all battled beneath the cloud of Montana’s great depression, which preceded the nation by almost a decade.“
Not unlike the parent series, 1923 will also feature the conflicts between the Dutton family and indigenous tribes. As Taylor Sheridan has repeatedly proven, Native American stories are close to his heart and play an integral part in the majority of his shows.
The star couple’s take on 1923
In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, lead actor Harrison Ford recounted all the challenges the Duttons must face in the show’s time period:
“It’s not just the physical life that’s hard. The challenges that they face from modernity, the challenges to their way of life, to their freedom and the opportunities that they’ve enjoyed, is a big part of the story. The upcoming Depression and all of the pressures, economic and social, are leading up to this very volatile time in American history.“
He added that in order to survive, the Duttons have always had to live by a set code of morality where the line between good and bad is not always distinct.
Moreover, Ford pointed out the sharp contrast between the wealth of the Dutton family in the early 20th century versus in the present day. He said he doesn’t think of 1923‘s Duttons as “rich”, but rather as having respectable power based on their historical presence and hard work.
“They’re up against weather, the economy, the influx of railroads, and the change in the cattle business. It’s a complicated time. It’s a volatile time. They are land-rich, but they are cash-poor because everything is put back into the business, into the ranch,” the actor told Vanity Fair.
In line with Ford’s take on the show, co-star Helen Mirren calls the Yellowstone prequel “a real investigation of American history”.
Yellowstone 1923 Cast
1923‘s cast includes acting legends Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. Paramount+ announced in early September that Ford will reprise the role of Jacob Dutton, patriarch of the Yellowstone Ranch and brother of 1883’s James Dutton. Whereas Mirren will play his wife, Cara Dutton.
According to Vanity Fair, the show will present Jacob and Cara Dutton as the leaders of the Dutton clan all members rely on.
Apparently, James and Margaret are no longer around in 1923, and while we don’t yet know what became of the 1883 power couple, the show is bound to explore the reason for their absence.
Oscar-winning Helen Mirren, who plays Cara in the series, shared during an exclusive interview that her character likely fled from Ireland to the United States during the 19th-century potato famine. As such, the actress insisted that she have an Irish accent in the show to reflect her recent immigration.
In addition, Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford revealed Jacob and Cara have been married for a long time in 1923 and represent a solid partnership that holds everything together.
Joining the award-winning actors on set will be Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn, who played sellsword Ser Bronn of the Blackwater in the fantasy epic. In 1923, Flynn will portray Banner Creighton, “a hard-headed Scottish brogue and the leader of the local sheep men.” (Source: Deadline)
In the show, the “sheep men” and the Duttons are rival ranchers who rely on the same land for grazing their livestock, with each one willing to fight for ownership rights.
Actor Robert Patrick, who appeared in Sons of Anarchy and Terminator 2, has also been cast in the Yellowstone spin-off. He will play the role of Sheriff William McDowell, a friend of the Duttons.
1923 Main Cast Members
- Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton,
- Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton
- James Badge Dale as John Dutton Sr
- Marley Shelton as Emma Dutton
- Brandon Sklenar as Spencer Dutton
- Darren Mann as Jack Dutton
- Timothy Dalton as Donald Whitfield
- Jennifer Ehle as Sister Mary
- Michelle Randolph as Elizabeth Strafford
- Brian Geraghty as Zane
- Julia Schlaepfer as Alexandra
- Aminah Nieves as Teonna Rainwater
- Sebastian Roché, unknown character
As the premiere of 1923 draws ever closer, more and more character details are being released.
We now know that Jacob and Cara Dutton represent the patriarch and matriarch of the Yellowstone Ranch, with 1883‘s John Dutton Sr. acting as ranch manager.
Whereas John’s wife, Emma Dutton, works alongside Cara to help with the day-to-day running of the household. John and Emma’s son, Jack, also the great-grandfather of John Dutton III, is a dutiful ranch hand who is keen to earn his place in the family.
Other key characters include Elizabeth Strafford who is set to become Jack’s wife; Zane, a dedicated and loyal ranch foreman similar to Yellowstone‘s Rip; and Teonna, a young Native woman who was forcefully enrolled into an Indian boarding school.
Also, see our 1923 Dutton Family tree infographic.
Where Can I Watch 1923?
The new Yellowstone prequel 1923 will be exclusively available to watch on Paramount+.
Those Yellowstone fans contemplating signing up to Paramount+ have two plans to choose from.
The platform’s Essential tier gives you access to all shows for just $4.99 a month, but you do have to sit through ads. In comparison, the platform’s ad-free version will set you back $9.99 a month. You can also get a free 7-day trial when you sign up for a Paramount+ subscription.
Paramount+ offers a 25% student discount and the ability to save up to 16% with an annual subscription.
For UK fans, Sky Cinema now includes Paramount+ at no additional cost.
For those with Amazon Prime, you can subscribe to the Paramount Plus channel through Amazon for $9.99 a month.
There are also bundling options with Showtime.
The Paramount+ app is available on Samsung, Apple, Google, and Roku devices.
Other Yellowstone Spin-off Series Taylor Sheridan is Planning
Looks like there’s no slowing down Taylor Sheridan when it comes to expanding the world of the Duttons.
Since the release of Yellowstone in June 2018, three spinoff series – 1883, 1923, and 6666 – were born out of the creator’s mind.
What’s more, some of these spinoffs have already been renewed for a second season! The story of 1883 will continue in Lawmen: Bass Reeves (release date TBA) and Season 2 of 1923 has just been announced.
But that’s not all; according to Deadline, Sheridan is already considering adding two more limited series to the Yellowstone universe. These would focus on the struggle of holding onto the ranch in the mid-20th century, with one show set in the 1940s and the other in the 1960s.
While no details have been announced yet, we’ll keep a close eye on the news to bring you the latest on the new Yellowstone spin-offs!