It’s one thing to inject a film or show with star power. Paramount has done so with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Sam Elliott leading 1883‘s mature cast. But it’s another to throw an unknown into the mix and build a world around them. 1883 is doing this, too, with young actor Isabel May.
Born on November 21, 2000 in Santa Monica, California, Isabel May is best known for leading Netflix’s Primetime Emmy nominated Alexa & Katie. She won over thousands of hearts as Katie from 2018-2020, bringing the now-21-year-old her first taste of fame.
During that same timeframe, she would land the role of Veronica Duncan on CBS’s popular sitcom, Young Sheldon. Outside of this, however, her acting work becomes far more obscure. In other words, Isabel May is just getting started.
Enter Paramount’s ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel, ‘1883’
In the time since wrapping Alexa & Katie, Isabel May’s career has caught fire. She will soon appear in films I Want You Back and The Moon & Back in 2022. But before this, Yellowstone fans will come to know her as the “heart and soul” of the ancestral Duttons in 1883: Elsa Dutton.
According to the studio, Elsa will be the audience’s guide into the Wild West. Isabel May is set to narrate 1883 as her character, giving viewers a window into her family’s journey. The first glimpse of this is offered in the full trailers for the show, in which May can be heard speaking the opening dialogue in character:
From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, co-creator of Yellowstone, 1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land – Montana. 1883 is streaming December 19 exclusively on Paramount+.Paramount Network
Elsa Dutton’s Journey Will Not Be an Easy One
“I heard a thousand stories, but none could describe this place,” Isabel May’s Elsa begins. “It must be witnessed to be understood. And yet, I’ve seen it, and I understand it even less than I did before I cast eyes on this place.”
In 1883, Elsa Dutton will journey from Texas to Montana with her family. Her father, James (Tim McGraw), and mother, Margaret (Faith Hill), are in search of a better life out West. It is her family’s journey that will lead to the Dutton Yellowstone Ranch we know in the titular series.
As Outsiders know, the Old West was a hard, unforgiving place. Elsa will experience the worst and the best of the Westward Expansion in 1883 – and the world will know Isabel May’s name.