1923: First look at Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren in New Yellowstone Spinoff - IGN

1923: First look at Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren in New Yellowstone Spinoff – IGN

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren cross the border in new first-look images from 1923, the Yellowstone spin-off series coming to Paramount+ in December.

The new series, which comes from creator Taylor Sheridan, is set a century before Kevin Costner’s iconic character, John Dutton III, was tasked with maintaining the sprawling empire of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in Montana. 1923 saw the second and third generation of Duttons working the land, adapting to mechanization and relying on a new matriarch and patriarch. Now Ford’s Jacob Dutton and his wife, Cara (Mirren) are in charge.

“It’s the silver back,” said Ford Vanity Fair in an exclusive first look at the fair. “He is responsible for this branch of the family. They are two people who have a very strong bond with each other and who face really complicated circumstances.

The new show, which stars Ford and Mirren alongside Brandon Sklenar, Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale and Marley Shelton, is the second spin-off series from the Yellowstone franchise. 1883 featured country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton, and the show followed the couple and their family as they took their family to new territory. Now their children and grandchildren look to Jacob (James’ brother) and Cara to lead the family with purpose.

“You need someone who is capable of making decisions and hopefully making the right decisions, but at least making a decision and accepting it, in other words, a leader,” Mirren told Vanity Fair. “That’s what propelled them into this position of running the ranch, running the family, being the linchpin that, right now, the family revolves around.”

“Their lives are totally intertwined,” Ford added. “There are very few things that support them other than themselves and the hard work and investment they put into their future and their families. It’s a tough life, and it’s full of not only physical but also moral challenges.

Ford and Mirren indicate that the show will investigate a new era in American history where citizens are being pushed to their breaking point physically, mentally and economically.

“The Duttons live by a code of conduct that they set for themselves and that requires complicated moral and ethical judgment,” Ford explained. “It’s not just the physical life that is difficult. The challenges they face from modernity, the challenges to their way of life, to their freedom and to the opportunities they have enjoyed, are a big part of the story. The coming Depression and all the pressures, economic and social, lead to this very volatile period in American history.

Carson Burton is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.

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