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Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford to star in ‘Yellowstone’ prequel

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford will bring their combined star power to the newest addition to the Yellowstone TV franchise.

The pair will headline a Paramount+ series with the working title 1932, which joins 1883 as part of what the streaming service called the “origin story” of its Yellowstone drama series.

Mirren and Ford are among the growing ranks of film actors who have added small-screen projects to their resume as streaming services vie for subscribers with prestige projects and big names.

The latest chapter in the Dutton family saga will be set in the early 20th-Century and a Mountain West beset by drought and the Great Depression, among other ills, Paramount+ said. It will debut in December.

Writer-producer Sheridan Taylor is the creative force behind the hit franchise, which began with the contemporary drama Yellowstone, led by Kevin Costner.

The 1883 prequel stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Mirren is among today’s most highly regarded actors, a four-time Oscar nominee who won for her portrayal of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen.

Ford’s extensive blockbuster movie credits include the Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark franchises. He was an nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 1985 film Witness.

Helen Mirren at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala in New York and Harrison Ford at the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ in Los Angeles. PHOTO: AP