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Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford to star in 'Yellowstone' prequel

Streaming services are hoping to draw in subscribers with prestige projects and big names.
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Helen Mirren appears at the 14th annual L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala in New York on Dec. 4, 2019, left, and Harrison Ford appears at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES — 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 an early 20th century and a Mountain West beset by drought and the Great Depression, among other ills, Paramount+ said. It will debut in December.

The streaming service didn't reveal specifics about the award-winning actors' roles, only stating that series "will introduce a new generation of the Dutton family". 

Writer-producer Taylor Sheridan 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.

Sheridan’s other titles at Paramount+ include "Mayor of Kingstown" and the upcoming series "Lioness", "Tulsa King", "1883: The Bass Reeves Story" and "Land Man".

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 Oscar nominee for the 1985 film “Witness.”

Val Lick contributed to this story.

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