Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are to star in the Yellowstone prequel 1883, coming soon to Paramount+ ...
For those that don't know the series, Yellowstone [Season 4 of which starts on Paramount in the US in the autumn] follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders - land developers, an Indian reservation, and America's first National Park.
Written by Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, 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.
Elliott is set to play Shea Brennan, 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. McGraw and Hill will portray James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family, respectively.
"It all starts with the writing, and Taylor Sheridan is a brilliant writer," said Elliott. "I think the western genre speaks clearly to both of us. The classic struggles of man against man, man against nature and man against himself. It's all there, in 1883, and I'm honoured to be a part of it."
"This is truly a dream job," said Tim McGraw. "Taylor 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. As a kid growing up riding horses, you think about dream jobs like this and I am just so excited to work with this amazing cast and crew."
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime," said Faith Hill. "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."
"Yellowstone is a massive hit show with tens of millions of fans - with 1883, we are taking those fans back to the origin story, and in the process, turning the Yellowstone world into a global hit franchise to fuel the growth of Paramount+," said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, MTV Entertainment Group. "We are thrilled to have Sam, Tim and Faith as the stars of Taylor Sheridan's new series exclusively for Paramount+ around the world."
"We are thrilled to have Academy Award nominee and acting legend Sam and hugely talented, award-winning artists Faith and Tim all join the Taylor Sheridan universe," said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. "Taylor's proven his immense capability of creating captivating characters and immersive worlds and there's no exception here with 1883 and Sam, Faith and Tim's characters. We are looking forward to this further expansion of the world of Yellowstone and bringing it to audiences everywhere."
[and yes Paramount+ is going to be available in the UK via the Sky TV Platform next year, for FREE if you have a Sky Cinema package or as an add on otherwise - Ed]
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