Based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike and set in the late 1890s, Klondike follows six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town. Madden will fill one of two lead roles, Bill Haskell, who with his best friend Epstein braves the next gold rush in the untamed Yukon Territory.
Nelson will play a man named Meekor, while Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings, Xena) and ingenue Conor Leslie (90210) have been cast as Steele and Sabine.
Lie to Me’s Tim Roth was previously cast as Charles Eugene Schultz aka “The Count,” a ruthless German not averse to arson or murder.
Production begins this month, on location in Alberta, Canada.