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1932 is now 1923: cast and everything we know about the Yellowstone prequel

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Harrison Ford will star alongside Helen Mirren in 1923 (Image credit: Universal Pictures/Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo)

For those of us who were sad when it turned out that 1883 was more of a limited series (myself included), don’t worry, we have a brand new Yellowstone prequel series, 1923, coming in the near future. The new series — which represents another phase of the Dutton Family's origin story — has just had a rather important name change. During its star-filled UK launch Paramount announced that the show formerly known as 1932, will now be called 1923... bringing the show a little closer, in time, to 1883 and potentially allowing some of those familiar characters to be in the new story.

Taylor Sheridan is once again the creative force behind this new story in the Yellowstone universe, which like 1883 is set to be a Paramount Plus original series. It’s actually just one of multiple projects that Sheridan is creating for Paramount, including Yellowstone season 5 and new series, in different timelines that are still part  of the Yellowstone universe — like The Tulsa King, Lioness and The Bass Reeves Story.

Here is everything that we know about 1923, the latest Yellowstone prequel.

When is the 1923 release date?

Paramount Plus has announced 1923 will premiere in December 2022, though an exact date has not been confirmed.

The December release is similar to how 1883 was released — that series debuted, in the US, in December, 2021. In addition to streaming on Paramount Plus, 1883 also premiered its first two episodes on the cable channel Paramount Network with new episodes of Yellowstone season 4 before the remaining eight episodes were available exclusively on the streaming service. It is unclear if 1923 is going to have a similar release strategy, though there’s a good chance Yellowstone season 5 is going to have new episodes around that time.

What is the 1923 plot?

The Dutton family are the main characters of Yellowstone and these prequel series are telling the stories of the family before the events of Yellowstone. While 1883 followed the Duttons as they took part in a wagon train from Texas to their eventual home in Montana, 1923 brings things to a crucial point in the 20th century. Here is the official synopsis from Paramount Plus:

"The next Yellowstone origin story will introduce a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early 20th 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."

Who is in the 1923 cast?

Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford

Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford (Image credit: Helen Mirren: Giles Keyte; Harrison Ford: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Cast announcements are starting for 1923 and the first two official members of the cast are A-list stars: Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford.

It is unclear who Mirren and Ford are playing at this time, but we can make a couple of educated guesses (some spoilers if you’re not caught up with either Yellowstone or 1883).

After watching 1883 and seeing flashback scenes in Yellowstone, there’s reason to believe that Margaret Dutton, played in both cases by Faith Hill, may still be alive in 1923 — if so, the Dutton matriarch could be a great role for Mirren to play. 

As for Ford, considering the fate of Tim McGraw's James Dutton and that 1883’s little John Dutton would only be in his 40s in 1923, it seems more likely he is playing someone outside the Dutton family. Whether that’s friend or foe is up for debate.

We’ll keep this page updated as new cast members and specifics on who they are playing are announced.

Is there a 1923 trailer?

Nope, not yet. We'd expect that a 1923 trailer won’t be out until fall 2022, but we’ll post it here as soon as there is one. 

How to watch Yellowstone and 1883

If you need to catch up with either Yellowstone or 1883 in prep for 1923, both series are available to stream, though in different places.

All episodes of 1883 are available to stream exclusively on Paramount Plus. In the US, all four seasons of Yellowstone are streaming on Peacock — you must be a Peacock Premium subscriber to watch them. 

In the UK, both 1883 and Yellowstone are available on the Paramount Plus streaming service, which launches in the UK on June 22.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.