Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren battled it out in the Old West on Sunday when Paramount aired the first trailer for their Yellowstone 1923 spinoff series.
The legendary Ford, 80, and Oscar winner Mirren, 77, have officially entered the sprawling universe of Yellowstone as the stars of the latest chapter in the Dutton family origin story.
The iconic actors play the central couple of Jacob and Cara Dutton, who are struggling to maintain their ranching empire during the titular year of 1923.
A legendary couple: Harrison Ford, 80, and Helen Mirren, 77, battled it out in the Old West on Sunday when Paramount released the first trailer for their Yellowstone 1923 spin-off series. The legendary actors present the latest chapter in the history of the Origin of the Dutton family.
According to an official plot synopsis published by Paramount+, the show is set during “the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression plague the mountainous West and the Duttons who call it home.” .
“You have no rights here,” Mirren’s Cara Dutton snarls at the start of the trailer.
There is soon talk of a “rank war” when the Duttons come into conflict with Timothy Dalton’s wealthy new neighbor named Donald Whitfield.
Decay, dust, guns, and grit abound throughout the 90-second trailer as Harrison and Helen fully inhabit their tough-talking personas.
“Men kill fast with a bullet or a rope,” Mirren says, feigning an Irish purr. ‘But your fight is with me and I kill much slower.’
Not a fedora, but maybe a whip: The iconic Harrison Ford looked right at home in the Old West when he donned a fedora to play the role of John Dutton.
Dame Dutton: Oscar winner Helen Mirren looked right at home under the wing of her cowgirl crown as she prepared to play Harrison Ford’s wife, Cara Dutton.
Saddle Up: According to an official plot synopsis published by Paramount+, the show is set in the early 20th century as pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression plague the mountainous West and the Duttons who call it home . ‘
The Elements: Decay, dust, weapons, and sand abound throughout the 90-second teaser.
Dalton vs Dutton: There is soon talk of a ‘range war’ when the Duttons come into conflict with Timothy Dalton’s wealthy new neighbor named Donald Whitfield
The Western Rides Again: It all comes together to create a thrilling flurry of suspense and adventure as the Old West is brought to life once again by Yellowstone mastermind Taylor Sheridan, the creative force reviving the genre from the west, almost without help.
Guns are drawn and bodies are buried in the first glimpses of 1883.
Other highlights include sprawling landscapes and a conflict with Native Americans, and an African lion even roars out of a bush in the final seconds of the trailer.
‘You’re not a god, Jacob Dutton!’ an angry cowboy yells at Harrison Ford.
“Tell the world what happens when I get crossed,” Ford says in one point of his raspy signature.
“Greed will kill us all,” Mirren declares near the end.
It all comes together to create a thrilling flurry of suspense and adventure as the Old West is brought to life once again by Yellowstone mastermind Taylor Sheridan, the creative force who has almost single-handedly revived the Western genre.
Tough talker: “Men kill fast with a bullet or a rope,” Mirren says, affecting an Irish purr. ‘But your fight is with me and I kill much slower’
Don’t mess with Dutton: ‘Tell the world what happens when they cross me,’ says Ford in a moment of his trademark rasp
Rough and rowdy: “Greed will kill us all,” Mirren declares near the end
Premiering December 18 on Paramount+, 1923 is the second Yellowstone prequel after last year’s 1883.
That show followed the Duttons as they traveled to Montana and fought to found the family ranch.
It starred real-life couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the central couple James and Margaret Dutton, with Sam Elliot mounting to play the rugged leader of their caravan.
Yellowstone’s fifth season premiered earlier this month, drawing 12.1 million viewers and cementing its place as a pop culture juggernaut.
The star that started it all remains 67-year-old Kevin Costner, who reportedly hosts Yellowstone for a fee of $1.3 million per episode.
1923 looks set to be a sure hit for the pair of historical stars who have saddled up to tell the story.
“If you attack my family,” says Harrison, “it will be the last thing you do.”
A Surefire Hit: Premiering December 18 on Paramount+, 1923 looks set to be a surefire hit for the pair of storied stars who have prepared to tell the story.