Yellowstone fans can’t get enough of the high-octane drama that the show has served up over the course of three seasons. Now, it appears that we’ll be able to enjoy even more of the Dutton family, but in a far different setting than we were previously. The Yellowstone franchise is expanding, to be precise.
A prequel to the enormously successful Paramount series has been announced, and it will be released much sooner than you may expect… The events of Y:1883 will take place in the titular year, and the series premiere will help to guarantee that Yellowstone fans have enough interesting stuff to keep them engaged long after the original series has concluded.
It’s an exciting new chapter in the saga of the Dutton family and their enormous hereditary ranch, and it provides a chance to delve even deeper into their story and possibly learn how one family came to own such a large chunk of southern Montana. The arrival of Y: 1883 marks the beginning of a new chapter in the story of the Dutton family and their enormous hereditary ranch. Here’s all we know so far about the prequel, including whether or not it will be released, as well as any information that has been released about the actors and the plot of the new television series.
Is There a Release Date for the Yellowstone Prequel Film Yet?
Many of the specifics surrounding Y: 1883‘s launch are still a little hazy. The prequel was revealed as part of a massive five-year contract between ViacomCBS, MTV Entertainment Group, and Yellowstone showrunner Taylor Sheridan, which included the showrunner of Yellowstone. Paramount+ will be the exclusive home for this project, which is the first of numerous that they will bring to our screens in the future (via Deadline).
The first episode of Y: 1883 is scheduled to debut at the end of 2021. What isn’t certain is when exactly the film will be released. There’s also no way of knowing whether or not the prequel’s premiere will coincide with new episodes of the Yellowstone television series. Because of COVID-19 production delays, the fourth season of The Walking Dead is presently expected to air in June 2021, which might position Y:1883 for an autumn premiere following the season 4 conclusion of its predecessor.
Who Will Be a Part of the 1883 Ensemble Cast?
Some series prequels, such as Fear the Walking Dead, wind up focused on a completely different storyline than the original series. In the instance of Y: 1883, it does not appear that will be the case. In accordance with Deadline, the new series would maintain the emphasis on the Dutton family’s dramatic story, albeit set more than a century earlier. As of this writing, there have been no announcements regarding the series’ cast.
It’s too soon to rule out the possibility of a casting crossover between Yellowstone and Y: 1883, however. The vast time span between the two series does not exactly lend itself to the prospect of common cast members, while a flash-forward scenario is not completely out of the question. While it’s tough to conceive Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and the rest of the principal cast members working on two programs at the same time, the idea has been floated.
What Will the Story of 1883 Be About?
A statement from Paramount+ stated that Y: 1883 will serve as the Dutton family’s genesis tale and will be “a dramatic recounting of Western expansion as well as an intense examination of one family fleeing hardship in order to pursue a brighter future in America’s promised land – Montana” (via Esquire).
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In addition, Paramount+ has provided us with a tantalizing glimpse of what we might anticipate seeing in Y:1883: A ten-second trailer for the series, which will broadcast during the Super Bowl, focuses on a signpost with the series’ title on it that appears to be in the middle of a frozen wasteland. “I don’t care if you survive or die, but if you do, you should tell ’em about me,” says an as-yet-unidentified disembodied voice, setting the tone for the rest of the series.
By using that single sentence, the Y: 1883 team has established a somewhat dismal and ominous tone for the remainder of the season. As a result, while there is still much we don’t know about the prequel, it is safe to assume that there will be plenty more drama and turbulence in the future.
What Is the Storyline for 1883?
A brutal portrayal of Western expansion, as well as an exhaustive examination of one family fleeing poverty in order to seek a brighter future in America’s promised land, Montana, are defined as the series’ main characteristics. It is expected that the first season would have a total of ten episodes.