Country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are set to co-star in the highly anticipated prequel to the hit TV show Yellowstone, titled 1883. The announcement was made by streaming service Paramount+ and MTV Entertainment Studios on Wednesday. The series will also feature Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott in a co-starring role.
According to a press release, 1883 will follow the journey of the Dutton family as they travel west through the Great Plains towards Montana, the last untamed part of America. The show aims to provide a stark retelling of Western expansion and explore the challenges faced by one family as they seek a better future in America's promised land.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will play the roles of James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family. Sam Elliott will portray Shea Brennan, a rugged cowboy with a troubled past. Additional cast members are yet to be announced.
Both McGraw and Hill expressed their enthusiasm for the project, with McGraw describing it as a dream job and praising the storytelling ability of creator Taylor Sheridan. Hill, on the other hand, expressed her honor at playing a strong female character like Margaret Dutton.
The president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group, Chris McCarthy, highlighted the global popularity of Yellowstone and emphasized that 1883 aims to further expand the franchise and fuel the growth of Paramount+. David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, praised Sheridan's talent for creating captivating characters and immersive worlds, and expressed excitement about bringing 1883 to audiences worldwide.
1883 will be executive produced by Taylor Sheridan, along with John Linson, Art Linson, David Glasser, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari. As a prequel to Yellowstone, the show is expected to attract millions of fans who are eager to delve deeper into the origins of the Dutton family and the world they inhabit.
Production details and a release date for 1883 have yet to be announced, but the news of the involvement of country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, along with acclaimed actor Sam Elliott, has already generated significant excitement among fans and industry insiders alike.