After the drama’s record-breaking first season, in which the premiere became the most-watched series launch on cable in 2022, the streamer has renewed Yellowstone prequel 1923 for a second season.
The protagonists of Taylor Sheridan’s series, Jacob (Hugh Harrison) and Cara (Helen Mirren) follow the origins of the modern Dutton clan of Yellowstone. The newest installment in the family’s origin story occurs in the early 20th century. According to Paramount+:
“when pandemics historic drought, and the end of Prohibition all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home,”
The original Yellowstone origin story, 1883, which lasted for one season and starred Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton, was picked up a few decades later, in 1923. Isabel May, who played their daughter Elsa in the series, continues to narrate 1923.
James and Margaret Dutton’s surviving children Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar) and John Dutton III (James Badge Dale), who unfortunately passed away before the midseason finale, are featured in 1923, which further filled in the Dutton family tree.
James McGraw’s character is the brother of Ford’s Jacob, who took in his nephews after his brother and sister-in-law passed away (Elsa revealed that James and Margaret passed away following the events of the 1883 season finale, which saw them move to Montana and establish what is now known as the Yellowstone ranch; their fates were revealed in the 1923 season premiere).
The Oscar-nominated actors of 1923 spoke candidly with The Hollywood Reporter about what brought them to the TV show, and they both shared the same response: each other. said Mirren when asked about reuniting with her Mosquito Coast co-star more than 30 years later, this time on the small screen:
“He says me. And I say exactly the same: Harrison,”
“I think we’re both a bit more achey. We loved working together then, but we were very different. He was a huge movie star and I was sort of comparatively unknown. There was a big difference in our status,” adding, “I’ve caught up a little bit, luckily.”
“attracted to the ambition of the piece.”
“I had met with Taylor, who gave me a very brief outline of what he had in mind, and I went on faith and my experience with Yellowstone, 1883,”
The Indiana Jones star said of the series, which films across three continents with locations in Montana, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and Malta:
“He’s produced a work of incredible ambition, scale, scope [and] cinematic ambition. Taylor thinks of each of these episodes as a one-hour movie. And that’s the product that we’re getting.”
Ford, currently also starring on Apple’s Shrinking, had also shared hopes about filming a second season:
“I have been very satisfied and encouraged and challenged by the work at hand. We have another season, I hope, to get to know this character and see him in different circumstances. But I’m having a great time. I’m really enjoying it.”
The show’s cast comprises Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, Marley Shelton, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Jerome Flynn, and Julia Schlaepfer. Jan. 8 saw the midseason conclusion of the first season of 1923, which will return to Paramount+ on Feb. 5.
The midseason finale of Yellowstone also aired on January 1 and will return this summer. According to Sklenar, when the first season returns, the focus will switch to his character’s “hero’s quest” to get home.
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In the last episode, Spencer was with Alex (Schlaepfer) in Africa and had just finished reading his aunt Cara’s letter about the attack on the family that killed Spencer’s brother (Dale) and injured his uncle (Ford).
“I can say that there is not only a definite shift in the story itself, but also in him as a person from this moment forward,”
“It’s the hero’s journey, and his calling to go home does propel the story. It’s not an easy journey. It’s filled with challenges. Spencer and Alex both have a lot to overcome before he can get there. Taylor doesn’t make it easy on anybody in writing these shows.”
MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios, and Bosque Ranch Productions are the producers of 1923. Executive producers include co-creator Sheridan, David C. Glasser, John Linson, Art Linson, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin, Bob Yari, and Ben Richardson.