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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, 1923 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 the Prohibition affected the next generation of Duttons.
Yellowstone Prequel 1923 Release Date
Yellowstone prequel 1923 will premiere on Paramount+ in December 2022, following the premiere of Yellowstone Season 5 on November 13. Paramount Network hasn’t announced an exact release date yet.
Like 1883, the prequel series will stream exclusively on Paramount+. The network hasn’t given any indication as to how many episodes the first season will have yet. However, since 1883 and all Yellowstone seasons have 10 hour-long episodes, we can expect the same from 1923.
While we don’t know whether the production of the new series has begun yet, with the release date set for December it is likely underway.
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.”
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.”
Yellowstone Prequel 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-in-law to 1883’s James Dutton. Whereas, Mirren will play his wife, Cara Dutton.
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)
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.
As revealed in the recent announcement of Paramount+, the rest of the cast list for 1923 is as follows:
- James Badge Dale as John Dutton Sr., Jacob Dutton’s oldest nephew and right-hand man
- Marley Shelton as Emma Dutton, the wife of John Dutton Sr. and mother of Jack Dutton
- Brandon Sklenar as Spencer Dutton, brother to John Dutton Sr. and nephew to Jacob Dutton
- Darren Mann as Jack Dutton, son of John Dutton Sr. and great-nephew to Jacob Dutton
- Michelle Randolph as Elizabeth Strafford, a willful young woman who is set to marry into the Dutton family
- Brian Geraghty as Zane, loyal foreman of the Yellowstone Ranch
- Julia Schlaepfer as Alexandra, a British woman who meets one of the Duttons abroad
- Aminah Nieves as Teonna Rainwater, a student at a government residential boarding school
- Sebastian Roché, character details TBC
Where Can I Watch 1932 Yellowstone?
You can watch 1932 Yellowstone on Paramount+ where it will premiere in December 2022. The show will also be available on various Sky platforms.
Note that Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan recently changed the title of 1932 to 1923. The prequel will now premiere under the new title on the streaming service of its home network, as well as other platforms.
Subscribers of Sky Cinema will have access to Paramount+ and the Yellowstone prequels at no extra cost. However, other Sky customers will incur a fee when adding the streaming service to their accounts.
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. Whereas, the platform’s ad-free version will set you back $9.99 a month.
The Paramount+ app is available on Samsung, Apple, Google, and Roku devices.