Paramount+ knows that we can't get enough Yellowstone, and the network is feeding our obsession with a growing slate of spin-offs, including the upcoming 1923, a star-studded prequel series scheduled to roll into town at the end of this year. It's a sequel of sorts to last year's hit Yellowstone prequel 1883.
The latest news about the series is the addition of yet another new cast member: Jennifer Ehle, a two-time Tony Award-winning actress. On TV, she's best known for playing Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice opposite Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. More recently, she appeared in The Looming Tower and The Comey Rule. On 1923, she's playing Sister Mary O'Connor, an Irish nun that teaches at the School For American Indians in Montana, according to Variety. She joins an ever-growing cast that includes Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Jerome Flynn, Robert Patrick, James Badge Dale, and Sebastian Roché, among others.
Here's everything we know so far about 1923, including the premiere date, casting, how to watch, and what we can expect for this generation of the Dutton family.
The spin-off, which was originally titled 1932, takes place during the Prohibition era following World War I, with Montana experiencing an economic collapse ahead of the Great Depression. This sets the story about 30 or 35 years before Kevin Costner's character, John Dutton III, was born, and about 40 years after the events of 1883.
The official show description reads, "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."
1883 followed the Dutton family's journey across the plains to Montana and explained how they came to settle there instead of their original destination of Oregon. Before James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret (Faith Hill) could make it all the way to the Pacific Northwest, their teenage daughter, Elsa (Isabel May), was shot through the liver by a Lakota arrow. James took her to die in a picturesque Montana valley that then became the Dutton homestead. Elsa's younger brother, John, then presumably grew up to carry on the Dutton name and honor his sister, though that part of the story is not entirely clear yet, and is expected to be revealed in 1923.
Paramount+ sent shockwaves across the internet when it was announced that Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren would lead the new series, and we now know that they'll be playing the brother and sister-in-law to Tim McGraw's James Dutton from 1883.
Paramount+ revealed the full cast list, as well as confirmed who Ford and Mirren were playing, in early September. The big remaining question is whether Darren Mann, who will play Jack Dutton in 1923, is actually John Dutton II (aka Kevin Costner's character's father) or if he is John Dutton Jr.'s brother and Kevin Costner's character's uncle.
1923 is filming in Montana now, and is scheduled to arrive on Paramount+ in December, following Yellowstone Season 5's Nov. 13 premiere.
Paramount has not confirmed the number of episodes in 1923, but both 1883 and previous seasons of Yellowstone have averaged 10 episodes each, so if we had to guess, 10 is probably not too far off.
While Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network and streams on Peacock, 1923 will stream exclusively on Paramount+, just like 1883.
Paramount+ will also be home to spin-off 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, while fellow Yellowstone spin-off 6666 will air on Paramount Network.