History has greenlighted a high-profile miniseries from the producer behind the cable channel’s monster 2012 hit "Hatfields & McCoys," Deadline.com reports.
The eight-hour project from "McCoys" producer Leslie Greif — working title "Texas Rising" — focuses on "the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers," the piece reports. The program is set for a 2015 premiere.
The project has lined up Bill Paxton — an Emmy nominee for his role in "Hatfields & McCoys" — to play Sam Houston.
"He is joined by Brendan Fraser as Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Ray Liotta as Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption; Thomas Jane as James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory; Olivier Martinez as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Chad Michael Murray as Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; Michael Rapaport as Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot as Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger," Deadline reports.
Consisting of four two-hour installments, the miniseries comes from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and is directed by Roland Joffe. Greif will executive produce, and wrote the script with "Hatfields & McCoys" producer Darrell Fetty, with "McCoys" co-writer Ted Mann pitching in.
Said History Executive VP Dirk Hoogstra: “From ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ to ‘The Bible’ to ‘Vikings,’ History has made a major commitment to high-quality scripted historical dramas. The Texas Revolution is one of the most gut-wrenching and inspirational events in our history. Doing the story justice will be a massive undertaking and we’re excited to begin production with one of the best teams in the business.”