A reunion thirty-six years in the making is finally about to happen…
In a bit of nostalgia news that we’re surprised our usually on-the-clock compatriots over at The Hollywood Reporter failed to pick up on (though they did provide the launching pad gist for ye olde scribbler’s hyperbolic article which you’re now skimming through), thespians extraordinaire Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford will be reuniting on screen for the first time since they took an ill-advised trip down stream together in director Peter Weir’s haunting 1986 film The Mosquito Coast.
Yellowstone visionary and creator Taylor Sheridan is poised to expand even further the franchise to the smash-hit series which features an on-point Kevin Costner as the patriarch to a storied family of ranchers. This deep-dive into the backstory of Yellowstone – which is entitled 1932 – is intended to be an origin story in the vein of prior spin-off 1883. This iteration, which can now officially boast the strong and steady acting hands of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, is set to tell the story of the Dutton family during the trying times of the Great Depression. It will also brush up against two other polarizing events during that difficult year – Prohibition and the Western Expansion. 1932 marks just one chapter in what Paramount+ is pushing as one sprawling and epic tapestry: Slated for the near future are two other Yellowstone spin-offs, 1981 and 6666.
About that eagerly-awaited reunion between Ford and Mirren: As mentioned at the front of this article, the American Graffiti and The Queen star previously worked together in ‘86’s The Mosquito Coast which saw Ford as a fevered inventor desperate to remove his family from what he considers to be the rot of modern day civilization. Mirren plays his long-suffering wife who endures a move into the fraught jungles of Central America along with their family in search of Paradise (for those into Trivial Pursuit, look for an early and brilliant acting turn from River Phoenix as their conflicted son). The surprise here isn’t that Ford and Mirren have been cast in 1932, but that it took as long as it did to reunite them for any project, let alone one that’s not silver screen bound.
1932 is set to premiere exclusively on Paramount+ this December and you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll keep everyone up to date on any and all bits of news we receive on this new series!