Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford to join Yellowstone prequel 1932

I’m late to the Yellowstone train and have not yet watched the spinoff, 1883, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. I’m about halfway through season three in the original, with Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley and Cole Hauser, on Peacock. Yellowstone is the show that got me to subscribe to Peacock! (I suspect it will be a while before I watch 1883 since that’s only available on Paramount + for some reason.) I love Yellowstone, it’s fast-paced and the characters are incredible, although the female characters seem one-note and extreme compared to the men. Hopefully they’ll bring more diversity to the writing team for the recently announced second Yellowstone prequel, 1932. It was just announced that Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford are attached to star!

The series, which has a working title of 1932, will begin streaming on Paramount+ this December.

“The next Yellowstone origin story will introduce a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home,” the network said in a statement.

Paramount+ first teased the new series at the beginning of February, with Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios, calling it a “new chapter” for the Yellowstone universe.

“We look forward to bringing fans even more of the Duttons’ origin story,” the network shared at the time.

The new series’ release follows the success of Yellowstone’s first prequel, 1883, which stars real-life couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as James and Margaret Dutton.

1883, which Paramount+ announced will return for more episodes, toppled the streaming services’ global record for their most-watched content ever.

[From People]

The fact that 1883 is the most-watched show on Paramount+ tells you everything you need to know about their place in the streaming wars. From what I can find, Paramount+ lost Yellowstone to Peacock too. (JustWatch says there’s only one season of Yellowstone on Paramount+.) That’s not to say that 1883 isn’t hugely popular, just that there’s not much on Paramount+. They do have The Lost City, Halo and The Offer, so maybe they’re a contender.

Getting back to this exciting news, I will definitely watch the rest of Yellowstone and at least start 1883 in preparation. Whether or not I stay subscribed to Paramount+ until 1932 comes out depends on the quality of their other shows and if I remember, frankly. At lot of these streamers depend on people like me forgetting to cancel. In the mean time they should work this casting news into the fifth season of Yellowstone! We need to see an old timey photo of these hard-scrabble yet regal Dutton ancestors sitting on a table somewhere in their log home mansion. Maybe little Tate can pick up the picture and ask his grandpa about it.

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  1. BayTampaBay says:

    With respect to the “huge” success of 1883, do not forget that Tim McGraw has a “HUGE” and very loyal fan base. I have no doubt that Tim McGraw’s popularity heavily contributed to the success of 1883.

  2. Mia4s says:

    The money that Paramount+ must be paying out for this. The MONEY!!!! Also more than ever the line between TV series and movies is dead, at least for streaming.

  3. JEM says:

    I can’t wait to watch a show about a historic drought and a pandemic!!!

  4. FuefinaWG says:

    I’m a big fan of Yellowstone but 1883 bored the hell out if me. I was disappointed with the celebrity casting. I’ll give 1932 a shot, though.

  5. Elsa says:

    I thought 1883 was AMAZING. I wish we would get another season. Or at least more flashbacks.

  6. AMA1977 says:

    I really tried to like Yellowstone, but it’s so soapy. It feels like you can’t even react to one giant plot point before the next one is landing at your feet. I like shows that take time to unspool and are more nuanced, and give the audience time to absorb information. Also, Mom Dutton was awful to her children, and I have no time for that. I gave up about 3 episodes into Season 2.

    Yes, this is purely a hate post. 😂

  7. SueM says:

    Paramount + has Star Trek Discover, Picard, and Strange New Worlds, which I believe have been pretty big hits for them.

  8. BreakerWaves says:

    I loved Yellowstone much more so than 1883. You really should tough out 1883 though, because at the end of 1883 you learn why the Dutton ranch was located where it is. You also learn about the close connection between the Dutton’s and the local Native Americans.

  9. Dee Kay says:

    1883 started off kind of slow but ended up being TREMENDOUS. Really, really impactful.

    (start of Spoiler/Warning):

    1883 is SAD AF so if you are not looking for a reason to cry your eyes out, skip it. But I thought it was executed brilliantly. There were a number of historical errors (ofc) and some ways that Indigenous people and cultures, and settler/Indigenous relations, were represented that I wasn’t on board with. However, it did a damn sight better than Dances with Wolves on those fronts. Maybe Westerns are getting a little bit better over time with that.

    (end of Spoiler/Warning)

    I thought 1883 was waaaay better than the most recent season of Yellowstone. It really felt like the showrunner gave up on Yellowstone for a year so he could focus on 1883. I hope the original show (Yellowstone) doesn’t overly suffer for all these prequels and related shows getting made.

  10. Southern Fried says:

    Helen Mirren would reel me in but Yellowstone was enough. 1883 was awful, couldn’t finish it and this third is a firm no.

  11. Granger says:

    I have a confession… I had no idea that Harrison Ford is older than Helen Mirren. I think I’m so used to seeing Hollywood women who are so pulled and sucked and plasticked to look 25 years younger than they are that it’s surprising to realize Helen Mirren (who has probably had subtle work done) actually looks her age — which means that, in a way, she looks older than she is, because I’m so influenced by images of fake women who are the same age as her.

    Harrison, on the other hand, has been allowed to age normally because he’s a man. So he kind of looks younger than the women who are (and look) the same age as him.

    I’m not sure if I’m making my point, but I’m embarrassed to admit that when I first read this headline, I had to actually process the fact that Harrison and Helen might play the married couple in this show, because I’ve always assumed she’s much older than him. I’m the worst.