1883 spin-off will focus on legendary Black lawman Bass Reeves, inspiration behind the Lone Ranger

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Taylor Sheridan's 1883, part of the ever-expanding Yellowstone TV universe, is getting its own spin-off based on Bass Reeves, the legendary Black marshal of the wild west.


Emerson Miller/Paramount+ LaMonica Garrett and Sam Elliott in '1883'

Paramount+ announced the limited series, 1883:‌ The‌ Bass‌ Reeves‌ Story, on May 17, along with a slate of new programming including the Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford starring Yellowstone prequel 1932.

Emmy nominee David Oyelowo is confirmed to play Reeves in the 1883 spin-off, having tried to get a Bass Reeves project off the ground for the past six years.

Known as the greatest frontier hero in American history, and also believed to be the inspiration for the Lone Ranger, Reeves worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded.

The lawman has been getting a lot of scripted love as of late, appearing as a minor but integral character in HBO's Watchmen and being portrayed by the great Delroy Lindo in director Jeymes Samuel's The Harder They Fall.

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