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Yellowstone Prequel 1883: Casting, Premiere Date, and Everything Else to Know

The prequel series will tell the story of the Dutton family predecessors

Diane Gordon

Rugged cowboys are timeless and there seems to be no end to stories about them. Thus, the folks responsible for the massive hit TV show Yellowstone have come up with a prequel show that will detail some of the Dutton family history. The upcoming prequel series, titled 1883, was created by Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, who will also direct the pilot episode. Fans are already champing at the bit for the new series, which will stream on Paramount+.

We know this much: expect wide-open spaces, big blue skies, and plenty of struggles for the folks of 1883, who are trying to stay alive and thrive as they head from Texas to Montana. From the newly announced premiere date to the exciting cast, here's what we know so far about 1883

Latest News

Billy Bob Thornton is the latest star to join the hotly anticipated prequel. All we know is his character's name: Marshal Jim Courtright. We can't wait to see how he'll interact with Sam Elliott's Shea Brennan. 

A couple of new cast members have joined 1883, Deadline reported on Aug. 24. Isabel May (Alexa & Katie) will play Elsa, the Duttons' eldest daughter. LaMonica Garrett (The Terminal List) is joining the cast as Shea Brennan's (Sam Elliott) right-hand man as Brennan tackles the difficult job of leading a wagon train caravan into hostile territory toward a better life in Montana.


Premiere Date

Mark your calendar: 1883 will premiere Sunday, Dec. 19 on Paramount+.


Paramount+ has announced that Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott will star as Shea Brennan, a tough-as-nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past. He has the massive task of guiding a group from Texas to Montana, and he does not suffer fools. Country superstars and real-life power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will portray James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family.



Here's what we know: 1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains. 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.


A teaser trailer for 1883 has been released, though it doesn't show any of the cast.

Where To Watch

1883 will stream on Paramount+.