1923, the next installment of the Dutton family origin story, arrives on Paramount+ on December 18. With that date fast approaching, it’s no surprise that Yellowstone fans were treated to the debut of the official trailer during tonight’s episode. Led by Academy Award ® winner Helen Mirren and Academy Award ® nominee Harrison Ford, the cast of 1923 is full of established talent—Timothy Dalton, Robert Patrick, James Badge Dale, and Marley Shelton—and exciting new up-and-comers. While 1883 focused on the Duttons family’s journey to Paradise Valley in Montana, 1923 will center on the next generation’s fight to keep their land in the midst of pandemics, a historic drought, and the end of Prohibition.
The trailer starts off with Dalton’s wealthy and nefarious Donald Whitfield introducing himself to Mirren’s Clara Dutton as the new owner of the neighboring Stafford ranch with his right-hand man and enforcer Banner Creighton (Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn) watching. We’re next introduced to Ford’s Jacob Dutton, the brother of 1883 protagonist James Dutton, who is arguing with Patrick’s Sheriff William McDowell. “Jacob, you can’t start a range war,” McDowell warns. “Range war’s already started,” Jacob says as he is shown threatening Creighton with his weapon. The focus then shifts to Whitfield as he reveals his plans to own the entire valley—including the Yellowstone. Clara warns Creighton, “Men kill quick with a bullet or a noose, but their fight is with me and I kill much slower.”
We then get glimpses of Jack Dutton (Darren Mann), the son of Dale’s John Dutton Jr., on the Yellowstone with his soon-to-be wife Elizabeth Strafford (Michelle Randolph), and of Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar), John Dutton Jr.’s brother, who appears to have become a big game hunter in Africa after witnessing the horrors of World War I. We also get a brief scene with Teonna Rainwater (Aminah Nieves), who must be an ancestor of Yellowstone‘s Thomas Rainwater, as she adjusts to life in a government residential boarding school.
The trailer ends with a warning from Jacob to an unknown party: “You attack my family, it’s gonna be the last thing you ever do.” Yellowstone fans know Duttons always keep their promises.