1883 actor LaMonica Garrett just dropped an epic behind-the-scenes photo on horseback. The show, which is a prequel to the hit Taylor Sheridan created series Yellowstone, is currently in production in Texas with the first episode set to air in December.
“It’s Go time…! 1883” The actor wrote in an Instagram caption. Garrett will play the right-hand Man to Sam Elliot’s character, Shea Brennan, who helps guide expeditions west.
The epic photo shows Garrett getting all ready to film on horseback for the upcoming series. Garrett is known for his other work on Designated Survivor, Be Somebody, Clemency, and Sons of Anarchy.
The show also stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who will play an early generation of Duttons making the dangerous journey west to start a new life.
An 1800s town and 30 Wagon Trains Have Been Built for the Show
An 1800s town and 30 wagon trains have been built for 1883. With a shocking budget of $10 million or more per episode according to Deadline, expenses weren’t really a factor when it came to designing sets and making props. Taylor Sheridan also made sure to use his design team from Yellowstone on 1883. This time, the project seemed far more enormous.
Executive Producer David Glasser broke down the impressive feat to Deadline.
“The Duttons travel with other families and pick up other groups along the way. It’s like a moving city. Taylor didn’t want to do it CGI, where you could have built 10 wagon trains and with the world we’re living in today, you could have added 20,” Glasser said. “We’re taking 30 wagon trains across America, and he’s re-creating everything.”
Being a stickler for accuracy, Sheridan wanted to make sure that the town looked authentic, so they had to build a model from the ground up.
“There’s nothing that exists we could use for this,” Glasser said. “There are no buildings. We’re building an entire city of downtown Fort Worth, with all the hustle and bustle. Every piece of wardrobe, guns, even saddles weren’t what they are today.”
‘1883’ Showrunner Taylor Sheridan Is Looking For Historical Accuracy
The show also has an entire team of historians on board that help with not only the writing but the set design and props, looking for any errors. Sheridan seems absolutely meticulous about making sure the show looks and feels real. Instead of shooting on any sort of soundstage, they are shooting in Texas and then Montana.
The team is also going to try and ensure an accurate and fair portrayal of historical events that classic Westerns didn’t pay much attention to.
If this project seems exciting to you, buckle up, because the first episode comes out on Paramount + on December 19th.