Strap in, “Yellowstone” fans. The prequel news keeps on coming. After a long wait, we finally have some details about the characters of “1883” beyond the faces playing them. Iconic actor Sam Elliott will play lead character Shea Brennan, a Pinkerton agent tasked with leading the Duttons to Montana.
And what could be more appropriate for the now-Oscar nominated actor than getting back in touch with his Western roots? After all, his career began with a small role in the classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” And he couldn’t be more excited to work with “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan.
“It all starts with the writing, and Taylor Sheridan is a brilliant writer. I think the western genre speaks clearly to both of us. The classic struggles of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself. It’s all there, in 1883, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” Elliott said in a statement.
Here’s a little bit of background for the type of character Elliott will play in “1883.” The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was the biggest and baddest private security service around. An independent police force, Pinkertons specialized in protecting valuable goods and people on the frontier.
As Shea Brennan, Sam Elliott will reportedly play a lead role in “1883.” He will oversee a journey westward. The group he’ll lead will include early members of the Dutton family among plenty of other settlers. At a lean and mean 77 years old, Sam Elliott is a natural leader for such a journey.
But he won’t be alone. LaMonica Garrett, a new addition to the cast, will reportedly be joining Elliott as his right-hand man.
‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’ is Investing in Practical Effects and Sets
According to 101 Studios David Glasser, Taylor Sheridan is approaching “1883” the right way. Instead of CGI, the show will invest in the real deal.
“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, per Deadline.
Apparently, Sheridan has “recreated everything” for the sake of the new show. Glasser, who is an executive producer on “1883,” told Deadline that the ambitious project seeks to evoke the same feelings as the legendary expansion movies of old. Yes, that includes “Dances With Wolves.” The classic led by “Yellowstone” star and Dutton family product Kevin Costner.
After all, with a $10 million price tag per episode, nothing is stopping Sheridan from doing exactly that. A 10 episode season would come out to $100 million. That’s on par with major blockbuster budgets. Spread out over a few months, that’s not too bad a deal for ViacomCBS.