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What do you get when you combine Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Taylor Sheridan, and one of the most chaotic years in American history? 1923.

We’ve known the new Yellowstone prequel will star Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren for quite some time now, but the more recent casting announcements have made for an impressive ensemble!

James Badge Dale. Photo courtesy of Golden Globes.

As Jacob and Clara Dutton, Ford and Mirren’s nephew will be played by James Badge Dale. As John Dutton Sr., he is, “the oldest nephew and right-hand man of Jacob Dutton.” This means he’ll play a pivotal role in 1923, and will no doubt inherit the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch for his offspring. That offspring, of course, leading to Kevin Costner’s John III of modern-day Yellowstone.

1923 is also set to unfurl that long-absent gap in the Dutton family tree. We’ve yet to meet any of the generation between 1883‘s John Dutton Sr. and Yellowstone‘s John Dutton Sr.

Darren Mann. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images.

Darren Mann will play Jack Dutton, and will be our first introduction to this third generation of Western Duttons. Jack is the son of John Dutton Sr. (Dale), and great nephew to Jacob Dutton (Ford). Casting announcements describe Jack as “a dedicated rancher who is deeply loyal to his family.” And it is he who will eventually father the John Dutton Sr., or II, of Yellowstone flashbacks.

But it doesn’t stop there. One of the most recent additions to the cast is Game of Thrones favorite Jerome Flynn. Flynn will give life to the “hard-headed, brogue-wearing Scotsman,” Banner Creighton. As the leader of the local sheep men, Flynn’s Creighton will be one of many beloved character actors elevating the ensemble to prestige television heights.

1923 will not only focus on the decade’s American Prohibition, but also the catastrophic droughts, depressions, and their resulting famines that Americans faced throughout the 1920s. Montana in the year 1923 also brings the perfect setting for a Sheridan drama. In the early 20th century, Montana was still very much a land of frontier justice. Much of what we saw in 1883 and Yellowstone Season 4 flashbacks is still the reality of this gorgeous, yet deeply scarred landscape.

In choosing the year 1923, Sheridan picks the perfect “halfway” point between the “old world” of 1883 and the modern political hellscape of Yellowstone.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this generation of Duttons! Another show in the Yellowstone universe we’re looking forward to watching is the one modeled around Bass Reeves. It’s set to begin filming in Fort Worth soon!