Taylor Sheridan Announces ‘1883: The Bass Reeves Story,’ Starring David Oyelowo

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When Taylor Sheridan announced the plethora of shows he plans to release in the near future, he mentioned one about Bass Reeves, a show about a legendary African American lawman in the 19th century.

Now, according to Deadline, the show will be a Yellowstone spinoff from the prequel 1883, titled 1883: The Bass Reeves Story.

Remember how some bonus episodes of 1883 were coming? Welp, this is it.

The series will star David Oyelowo as Reeves, a legendary lawman of the wild west, who’s known as one of the greatest frontier heroes in American history, and is believed to be the inspiration behind The Lone Ranger.

Reeves worked as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory during the post-reconstruction era, capturing more than 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals of that time period, without ever being wounded.

Earlier this year, Sheridan told Deadline that each prequel series was meant to be one season:

“I created this peek through time to show you this one specific journey.

I’m not someone who likes to tie everything up in a bow and explain how everyone lived happily ever after, or didn’t… for me, as a storyteller it feels close-ended.

I’m going to peek through the window of a different era and see what I see then.”

Of course, the next chapter of the Dutton story will be the upcoming 1932, which will star Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, meanwhile Yellowstone Season 5 just began production itself.

The new season of Yellowstone is set to air this coming November, meanwhile 1932 is set for December.

Oyelowo recently told Hollywood Reporter

“The stories Jess and I want to tell are boundary-busting and full of folks the likes of whom we have seldom seen on screen. The extraordinary story of Bass Reeves exemplifies just that.

To collaborate with world-class talent like Taylor Sheridan to tell those stories to the widest audience possible, is our dream, and we believe that can and will be realized through the shared ambitions we have with ViacomCBS and its signature branded platforms, alongside our seasoned and brilliant producing partners at 101 Studios.”

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