1883: The Base Reeves Story: Everything you need to know about the Yellowstone prequel

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1883 spoilers follow.

Good news, Yellowstone fans! The Yellowstone universe is expanding... again.

Thanks to the wild success of the flagship series, creator Taylor Sheridan has been able to dive deep into the Dutton family's history and explore their origins through two prequels, 1883 and 1923.

While 1923 has already been renewed for season two, there's been no news on a second season of 1883 since its debut last year. This isn't too surprising given the unfortunate fates of many of the main characters, but it's still a bit of a blow to fervent fans nonetheless.

It's not all bad news, though. We may not be seeing Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) and co again, but we are getting an 1883 spin-off series set in the same era, titled 1883: The Bass Reeves Story.

It sounds like a good'un (and it's based on a true story!), so join us here at Digital Spy as we tell you everything you need to know about it.

1883: The Bass Reeves Story potential release date: When's it on?

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1883: The Bass Reeves Story began production in October 2022 and is still ongoing, so there's a chance fans could get to see the new series by the end of the year – though 2024 is looking a little more realistic.

1883: The Bass Reeves Story cast: Who's in it?

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Selma's David Oyelowo will lead the stacked cast as Bass Reeves, a real-life legendary lawman who was the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi River.

Lauren E Banks will play Bass' "strong and fiercely loyal" wife Jennie, while Demi Singleton (King Richard) will appear as the duo's "precocious daughter" Sally.

Other cast members include Dennis Quaid as deputy US marshal Sherrill Lynn, Shea Whigham (Perry Mason) as a cruel enslaver named Colonel George Reeves, Barry Pepper (Creed III) as 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles leader Esau Pierce, and Forrest Goodluck (The English) as a young Cherokee man named Billy Crow.

Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler on Yellowstone, has also teased that he'll appear in the spin-off.

When the actor arrived at the Yellowstone season five premiere with a goatee, he told ET: "I'm switching it up on ya. This is for a role that I did in 1883," though he wasn't prepared to spill any more details.

1883: The Bass Reeves Story plot: What will happen?

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According to the official synopsis (via Variety), the show "will bring the legendary lawman of the wild west to life.

"Reeves, known as the greatest frontier hero in American history, worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded."

Reeves was born into slavery in 1838. He joined the US Marshals in 1875 and was assigned to the Western District of Arkansas, which also had authority over the Native reservation Territory.

When Oklahoma became a US state in 1907, Reeves was relieved of his duties as a marshal, though he continued to serve in law enforcement until 1909, the year before his death.

1883: The Bass Reeves Story trailer: When can I watch it?

Given the current stage of production, we're in for a bit of a wait. But rest assured that as soon as we hear of a trailer, you'll be the first to know.

Yellowstone seasons 1-5, 1923 season 1, and 1883 season 1 are all available to stream on Paramount+.

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