Sam Elliott, Faith Hill, And Tim McGraw Saddle Up For 1883, A Yellowstone Prequel

Elliott will play Shea Brennan, while Hill and McGraw will portray Margaret and James Dutton, respectively.
Posted on Aug 4, 2021 | 02:00pm
Paramount+ is riding into some untamed country, but doing it with the perfect posse for 1883—the highly anticipated prequel to Yellowstone. The new series premieres on the streaming service on Sunday, Dec. 19.

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Sam 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.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will portray James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family, respectively.

Billy Bob Thornton will guest star as Marshal Jim Courtright, and Graham Greene will play Spotted Eagle, a Crow elder who spots the wagon train and tells James Dutton about the place, Paradise Valley, where he should settle with his family. 

Created by 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. The series 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. 

"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 honored to be a part of it."

"This is truly a dream job,” added 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,” agreed 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."

Watch the series premiere of 1883 on Sunday, Dec. 19 on Paramount+.