Ahead of the show’s debut, the official trailer showcased the star-studded cast that will be diving into the origin story of the Dutton ranch and how it came to exist in Montana.
“I heard a thousand stories, but no one could describe this place. The road west is filled with failures,” the narrator said in the prequel trailer on November 7. “It was a dream, and the dream was coming true. We are the land of no mercy now.”
The video offered viewers a glimpse at the highly anticipated series with scenes of migrating settlers and dangerous fights for land. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were also seen in their roles as Dutton ancestors in 1883. The duo, who will be playing husband and wife in the prequel, have previously opened up about their excitement with the project.
“Finally the day has come when I get to share some exciting news with you!” Hill wrote alongside an Instagram video showcasing the 1883 script in August. “I will be playing Margaret Dutton, the original matriarch of the Dutton family in the Yellowstone prequel 1883. Just wait, you have never seen anything like this!”
McGraw, for his part, also shared a video via Instagram where he said, “We’re pretty excited about it. Faith and I get to star alongside Sam Elliott. I mean, goodness gracious.”
Ahead of the period drama’s premiere, the record producer detailed his experience making 1883 a reality in Texas.
“It’s super dusty and super hot. There’s no way around it,” McGraw explained to Entertainment Weekly in November. “At the same time, it’s like every kid’s fantasy to do something like this, to put your chaps on, your cowboy hat, and your gun holsters every day. Then you get on a horse and try to survive this journey.”
His wife revealed that the filming process came with its own set of complications.
“Although it looks amazing, it’s terrible. I think I have a few ribs floating around in my body,” Hill noted to EW. “This is real work. I was raised by Edna Earl and Ted Perry, and they believed the best way to teach a child was to get your hands in the dirt. That’s basically this in a nutshell. I think so many actors are drawn to [cocreator] Taylor [Sheridan]‘s writing because he is portraying the story in a way that was lived. I gained so much respect for cowboys.”
For Sheridan, his approach to introducing the Duttons was all realistic storytelling.
“I don’t build a world with visual effects,” Sheridan added. “I go shoot these corners of the world that people haven’t seen. The audience today is so experienced. They’ve seen so much, so to move the audience becomes more and more difficult. It’s incredibly expensive and very difficult. But we can do it as John Ford did it. When you need 50 wagons, you’re going to see 50 [real] wagons.”
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