Bill Paxton has joined History’s upcoming miniseries on the most famous family feud in U.S. history, where he will line up on opposite sides of the struggle with Kevin Costner.
Paxton will play Randall McCoy in “The Hatfields and McCoys,” with Costner already announced for the role of “Devil” Anse Hatfield. Kevin Reynolds (“Red Dawn”) is signed to direct.
The miniseries chronicles the deadly battle between two clans that almost led to war between West Virginia and Kentucky.
History says in its announcement: “The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades during the Civil War, they returned to their neighboring homes — Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky — to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon exploded into all-out warfare between the two families. As hostilities grew, friends, neighbors and outside forces joined the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.”
The miniseries is being produced for History by Thinkfactory Media.