Since the very dawn of film, few actors have amassed a resume quite like Tom Hanks has. Punctuated by the timeless classics such as Forrest Gump and Castaway, the talented actor has garnered 94 acting credits to date, per his IMDb page, since kicking off his career back in 1980 and continues to remain as active as ever. He has played virtually every role you can think of and has done it all so seamlessly that virtually nobody is surprised to hear when he has been cast in a new project, they just become eager with anticipation. His fans are in luck today, as it has been announced that Hanks is set to join the already stacked cast of the latest drama series to come from Paramount in 1883.
A prequel to another successful drama series Yellowstone, 1883 tells the story of the Dutton family as they embark on a journey through the American Midwest in the 19th century during which the land was still colonized by Native reservations and the country was at Civil War. The result is a stellar new drama series about the conflict that the family faced during their attempts to settle the land, forcing the Natives to fight back in hopes of keeping what was still theirs while the South and West battled ferociously over America. 1883 already features a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Sam Elliott, among many others, and they just got another big name to that list in Tom Hanks set to join the series in episode two, per a report from Deadline. Series creator Taylor Sheridan that Hanks will be among a series of surprise special guests set to be featured during the first season, with the newest episode picking up after the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War and featuring Hanks in the role of General George Meade. The Americana series is already making a big spash on Paramount+ where subscribers and interested fans can see Hanks in episode two on December 19th.
It was dubbed the Wild West for a reason, and both Yellowstone and 1883 seemingly capture the carnage that took place during this time period rather well. The former debuted its fourth season earlier this year to critical acclaim, and the latter is certainly already off to a great start it seems. There is certainly a dedicated fanbase behind the successful pair of series, and that fanbase appears to only be growing by the episode at this point. If you haven’t tuned in yet, you still have time to watch the first episode of 1883 before the second premieres in eight days on Paramount+.