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Yellowstone prequel 1883: Everything we know

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw star in 1883, the Yellowstone prequel
(Image credit: Paramount Plus)

Travel West and back in time to 1883 in the Yellowstone prequel that tells the story of how the Duttons first settled in the West and founded their ranch. Paramount Plus dropped the full 1883 trailer, which introduces the Duttons on their trek to the Wild West.

Kevin Costner's John Dutton is the sixth-generation patriarch to oversee the Dutton ranch, the largest in the country. But he is only continuing a legacy started in 1883. The stark retelling of Western expansion follows the James and Margaret Dutton as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. Their family is fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.

Yellowstone has become one of the most biggest shows on television. The season 3 finale was the most-watched cable broadcast last year. The growing popularity led Paramount Plus to order two spinoffs, 1883 and 6666 (about the Four Sixes ranch in Texas). 

Here's everything we know so far about 1883.

1883 release date

Paramount Plus has set the 1883 release date for Sunday, December 19, 2021. The season will consist of 10 episodes, which are likely to be released weekly on Sundays. We've got a full guide to how to watch 1883 online, so check it out to make sure you don't miss a minute.

1883 trailer

The full-length 1883 trailer is packed with brutal action — tons of fast horse chases, shooting and fistfights. Tim McGraw's John Dutton looks as hardscrabble as they come, but he might be beaten by Sam Elliott as a tough-as-leather cowboy leading the caravan to Orgeon.

The two-hour Yellowstone season 4 premiere featured a brief flashback to John Dutton, the founder of the ranch. Paramount Plus also dropped the first teaser trailer for 1883. 

It begins with sweeping shots of the land, as a woman muses, "I heard a thousand stories, but no one could describe this place. The road west is filled with failures."

It moves on to show just how difficult that road truly is, with glimpses of John and Margaret Dutton's grueling journey via covered wagons. We also see a shootout, Native American warriors riding horses and a devastating fire. 

1883 cast

The cast of 1883 is led by a trio of leads. Married country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star as John and Margaret Dutton. Oscar nominee Sam Elliott is Shea Brennan, a cowboy who guides the Duttons from Texas to Montana. 

Newcomer Isabel May plays Elsa, the eldest daughter of John and Margaret Dutton. LaMonica Garrett is Thomas, a Pinkerton agent who works closely with Shea.

Billy Bob Thornton is guest starring in an unknown number of episodes as Marshal Jim Courtright. He can be seen briefly in the teaser trailer. 

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.