Billy Bob Thornton to Play Guest Role in “Yellowstone” Prequel “1883”

Billy Bob Thornton at the Tribeca TV Festival in 2019.
Billy Bob Thornton at the Tribeca TV Festival in 2019. Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/Shutterstock (10413579b)

The upcoming Yellowstone prequel series 1883 has cast Billy Bob Thornton.

Thornton joins previously announced cast members Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Sam Elliot.

The series takes place in 1883 and follows the Dutton family as they go on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It’s a retelling of Western expansion and it tells the story of a family escaping poverty to have a better future in Montana.

Thornton will play the guest role of Marshal Jim Courtright.

The actor is known for his film work and he’s received three Oscar nominations and won one for Sling Blade, which he wrote and starred in. He’s also known for his roles in A Simple Plan, Monster’s Ball, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Bad Santa, Armageddon, and Friday Night Lights.

The series was created and executive produced by Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan. John Linson, Art Linson, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari also executive produce. 

1883 is set to premiere on Paramount Plus on December 19.