‘1883’: Rita Wilson Joins Husband Tom Hanks on Cameo List

by Jon D. B.

1883 is truly a family affair. Rita Wilson will guest star in the Western following her husband, Tom Hanks, in an exciting new role.

Taylor Sheridan’s riveting Western is led by real-life married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton. Now, 1883 is set to star another married couple in the form of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

While the two won’t appear together, Variety reports that Wilson has been cast for a guest role as Carolyn, “a storekeeper at Doan’s Crossing who helps Margaret (Faith Hill) decompress with some whiskey punch.”

Husband Tom Hanks rocked audiences as Union Civil War General George Meade in Episode 2’s flashback. Wilson’s Carolyn, however, looks to be part of the “present” of 1883.

Audiences know and love Rita Wilson from recent hits like Pitch, Girls, and The Good Wife. She’ll also go down in history for breakout roles in classics Jingle All the Way, Sleepless in Seattle, and Runaway Bride.

She is also a prolific producer, having shepherded My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mamma Mia.

Taylor Sheridan Continues to Land Serious Talent

As sharp fans will note, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are longtime friends of Yellowstone mastermind Taylor Sheridan. Their friendship no doubt plays a role in such prolific casting.

And since its December 19, 2021 premiere, 1883 has gone on to become the biggest show for Paramount’s streaming service, Paramount Plus. A remarkable 4.9 million viewers tuned in for the debut, a rarity for a new show.

Sheridan crafted 1883 as a historical prequel to his smash hit, Yellowstone. Producing with MTV Entertainment Studios and his 101 Studios, his penchant for authenticity shines in the period Western. Within, the ancestral Dutton family makes their way from Tennessee to Texas before setting North as part of America’s great Westward Expansion. Eventually, the family will end up in Montana; setting the stage for the empire Yellowstone’s John Dutton (Kevin Costner) so fervently protects.

The Western has already landed Billy Bob Thornton in a guest-starring role, too. Future cameos and guest-starring roles of this caliber look to be a regular for 1883. And we can’t wait to see who else joins the fray.

‘1883’ Continues Sunday, Jan. 9

If you’re checking Paramount Plus to continue 1883 with Season 1, Episode 4, however, it is not yet available. Episode 4 was originally set to hit Paramount Plus the night of Sunday, January 2.

Thanks to series star Lamonica Garrett, we know that 1883‘s Episode 4 will now hit Paramount Plus Sunday, Jan. 9 at 3 A.M. Eastern.

The delay came after the show’s tentpole, Yellowstone, wrapped up its Season 4 with a riveting finale Sunday, Jan. 2.

As always, stick with Outsider for all the latest from Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe.