As Yellowstone fans know, the franchise has plenty of great stories to tell. However, the 1883 prequel is to feature a truly historic character. In what was originally planned to be a limited series, season 2 of the prequel is set to tell the true story of the iconic Black cowboy, Bass Reeves. How will this be handled by creators? Read on to find out.
Yellowstone prequel 1883 season 2
Season 1 of the Yellowstone prequel 1883 debuted in December 2021. However, while the series still has much to tell us about the history of the Dutton family, it has another exciting tale to tell.
Fans will remember that Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan was working on another project about the “greatest frontier hero.” Meanwhile, so far, 1883 has told the story of John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner} great-great-grandfather, James Dutton (Tim McGraw). He and his family had traveled from Tennessee to Montana, but sadly, Elsa’s (Isabel May) death landed the family in Paradise Valley.
As noted by Hello!, 1883 was originally set to be a limited series, running over 10 hour-long episodes. Meanwhile, it was planned that the story of Bass Reeves would be a separate show. However, plans have changed and the titles are now combined to read 1883: The Bass Reeves Story. Creators consider the show as an “offshoot” of 1883 with actor David Oyelowo in the role of Reeves.
Plot of 1883: The Bass Reeves story
The Yellowstone prequel 1883: The Bass Reeves Story will cover the impact Reeves had on the Wild West as its first Black deputy marshal. History.com reveals that he was born a slave in Arkansas in 1938. Reeves later became known as a defender of “Indian Territory,” which is now known as Oklahoma. Meanwhile, this was while the region was ruled by Native American tribes, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole.
Bass went on to become the first Black deputy U.S. marshal west of Mississippi. According to reports, he arrested more than 3,000 people and killed 14 without ever being injured. According to the story, Reeves inspired the character of the Lone Ranger.
More about the story
Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of the MTV Entertainment Group spoke to Deadline about the Reeves story. He said that as the first Black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River, Reeves’ story is “monumental.” McCarthy said that the limited series would bring to light “one of the greatest frontier heroes in the country’s history.
While David Oyelowo has been cast as Reeves, it is so far unknown whether the Duttons will feature in season 2. Oyelowo shared a video to his Instagram. In the video, Taylor said, “As far as Bass Reeves goes, that’s a parallel world [with 1883] … When I’m casting I’m seeking the great actors of our generation and David Oyelowo is a once-a-generation talent.”
However, as soon as we have casting news, and a premiere date, we will let readers know.
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