‘Yellowstone’ prequel, ‘1923,’ starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren gets release date
Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are set to star in a new prequel to the movie “Yellowstone,” which opens Friday.
20th Century Fox has set a March 27, 2020, release date for the film, “1923: The Yellowstone Affair,” from director George Nolfi.
“We’ve been working on this story for years, and it really was just a matter of when we could tell it,” said Nolfi, who won the Oscar for directing the “Lincoln” reboot, “which was announced as the top movie of 2019.”
“The Yellowstone Affair” will focus on the story of Charles Thomas King and his discovery of gold in the 1880s.
“King had been a well-known explorer of the American West and this is the story of what happened next,” Nolfi said.
Based on a true story, the film will see Ford and Mirren cast as the first and only men to discover gold in western Montana, while the crew of an early railroad dig through the state looking for the gold.
The film will explore the relationship between King and his wife and the impact of competing scientific theories on the discovery and mining of the gold.
King had been an explorer of the American West and the gold discovery is credited with launching the Great Montana Gold Rush.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2016, Ford called King “the most important man in the history of Montana.”
“I knew him, he was my great great great granduncle,” Ford said.
The film also stars Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Kate Bosworth, James Caan, and Elizabeth Banks.
The news comes as another film adaptation of “1923,” the 1927 epic, was announced for a Dec. 21, 2019, release date. The film follows writer Mary Roberts Rine