‘1883’: Taylor Sheridan Says There Will Be Several Surprise Guest Stars

by Suzanne Halliburton

1883 creator Taylor Sheridan is using his sway to attract some very high-profile guest stars for his Yellowstone prequel.

Two already have been revealed for the first pair of 1883 episodes. The new series is scheduled for its debut, Dec. 19, on Paramount+.

The series is celebrating its own official premiere in Las Vegas Saturday night. That should be a party. Let’s take a look at the actors definitely appearing in 1883. Sheridan told reporters he wants to keep some of the guest stars a surprise.

Here’s One ‘1883’ Guest Star We Know — Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is the most notable name. And he’ll appear in a flashback scene with star Tim McGraw. It’s a look back at the Civil War’s Battle Of Antietam. It’s still the bloodiest day in United States military history. The battle started unfolding on Sept. 17, 1862. Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia battled against Union General George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

So what did this key battle have to do with the Dutton family? McGraw’s James Dutton was an officer for the Confederacy. Deadline says that in a key scene, Dutton picks himself up off the ground and surveys all the death around him. Keep in mind, more than 22,000 soldiers either died or were wounded in this battle. Dutton feels a gloved hand tap him on the shoulder. It’s Hanks portraying a Union general inspired by George Meade. It’s not every day a new show on a rebranded streaming channel can attract a two-time Oscar winner. But Sheridan has that kind of pull with 1883.

Hanks, a well-known history buff, shot his scene in one day in September. 1883 is filmed in and around Fort Worth, which isn’t that far from Sheridan’s ranch.

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Billy Bob Thornton Appears As A Texas Lawman

And if Hanks isn’t enough of an 1883 draw, how about Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton? He appears in the 1883 premiere. He portrays a Fort Worth lawman — Marshal Jim Courtright. Thornton has made a career out of playing quirky southern characters. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screen Play for Sling Blade and also earned a Best Actor nomination.

Here’s the premise of 1883. James and Margaret Dutton, the great grandparents of John Dutton, set out from Texas to Montana for a new life. Sam Elliott, as Shea Brennan, leads the pioneers.

With the actual premiere only days away, 1883 is getting a ton of publicity. People magazine placed its stars — McGraw and Faith Hill — on this week’s cover. Hill portrays Margaret.

Plus, the 1883 trailer is out to give Yellowstone fans of taste of what’s to come. If you’ve seen it, you probably noticed Hill and McGraw taking a bath in an old-fashion metal tub. Hill told People she had modesty issues filming that scene.

“It was really uncomfortable for me personally because I’m a very shy person in that type of situation,” Hill said. “I obviously feel comfortable with my husband, but this is different. For intimate scenes, I feel like that belongs to us.”