Taylor Sheridan has been nailing it with the Yellowstone franchise, with the successful Western drama spawning even more successful spinoffs. The latest iteration that Sheridan created follows the Duttons during the Western expansion, prohibition, and Great Depression, and the cast of 1923 includes some big names like Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. Now Sheridan has opened up about just how he managed to convince them to be in the series.
Sheridan is no stranger to having big names star in his shows, as he did have power country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star in 1883, with a few other big cameos along the way, not to mention Kevin Costner in Yellowstone! He told Deadline the wild story of how he convinced Ford and Mirren to do 1923, and he was determined:
Harrison Ford may not often get pitches like what Taylor Sheridan presented him, but the success of Yellowstone proves that the 1923 creator knows what he's doing to craft hit shows. It also sounds like Sheridan had his fill of not being able to cast stars due to their commitments to other shows, so he was getting ahead of that potential problem with Ford and Helen Mirren!
His persistence really paid off, as Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren both joined the new series. Sheridan continued the story:
The 1923 premiere proved that Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren made the right choice, as it expanded the Yellowstone universe and premiered to an audience of more than 7 million, according to Variety. With former James Bond star Timothy Dalton in the villainous role of Donald Whitfield and likely more surprises in store as the season goes on, fans have much to look forward to.
1923 marks Harrison Ford’s first major TV role, aside from starring in a number of television films. The role comes ahead of next year’s new comedy Shrinking, which will stream on Apple TV+ with a subscription beginning on January 23. Helen Mirren, meanwhile, has been dominating both big and small screens in recent years.
Ahead of 1923’s first airing, the duo lit up the red carpet at the Paramount series’ premiere with their castmates alongside Taylor Sheridan. Although it’s always hard to predict how a series or movie will go, Sheridan was right to call upon Ford and Mirren to carry on the Dutton family. It will surely be interesting to see what happens in the remaining episodes.
Be sure to watch Jacob and Cara Dutton navigate the 1920s with their family and allies along the way in new episodes of 1923 air on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Paramount Network and Paramount+ with a subscription. Check out CinemaBlend’s 2023 TV schedule to see what else is coming soon in the new year!
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