'Yellowstone' Spin-Off Air Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot: What We Know About Prequel '1883'

Yellowstone is getting two spin-offs in the coming years, with prequel 1883 and spin-off 6666 coming to Paramount+ while the mothershow remains the most-watched series on cable.

Paramount+ has announced the first details about Y: 1883, which tells the stories of an earlier generation of the Dutton family, who are migrating from Texas and Montana.

The cast and plot details for the hotly-anticipated Yellowstone prequel have started to be revealed, so here is what we know so far.

Who is in the cast of Y: 1883?

In the role of husband and wife James and Margaret Dutton are a real married couple—and country music legends. James will be played by Tim McGraw, while Margaret is Faith Hill. McGraw has starred in films like The Blind Side, Four Christmases and the movie version of Friday Night Lights. Hill's only credits as an actor are in the 2004 reboot of The Stepford Wives and the 2017 drama Dixieland.

Alongside these less-experienced actors is an Oscar nominee with over 100 credits to his name. A Star is Born and The Ranch actor Sam Elliott will play show lead Shea Brennan.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will star in "Y:1883" Getty

What is the Yellowstone prequel about?

The official Paramount+ synopsis for the show reads: "1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America's promised land — Montana." A Deadline article also hinted this group would quickly come into conflict with the Native Americans whose land they are displacing.

Leading that journey will be Elliott's "tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past," who is leading a group across the U.S.

When the show was announced in February of this year, the show was called a "stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America's promised land — Montana" by The Hollywood Reporter.

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Is there a release date or trailer for Y: 1883?

Filming is not thought to have begun on Y: 1883, meaning that so far we do not have an idea of when the show is coming out or when a trailer will drop.

It seems likely that 1883 will come at some point in spring 2022. This would follow the release date of Yellowstone season 4, which per Deadline is coming to The Paramount Network in November 2021. The first trailer for season 4 said the original show was airing in fall 2021.

That same Deadline article reports that production on 1883 is set to begin in late summer 2021, meaning that it is likely to start shooting soon.