History Lassoes Texas Rising With Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chad Michael Murray

Texas Rising CastBill Paxton is waging another war with History.

The Emmy-nominated star of the cable channel’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries will lead its upcoming Texas Revolution mini Texas Rising, alongside Grey’s Anatomy alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan and One Tree Hill vet Chad Michael Murray, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The eight-hour project — which comes from the producers of Hatfields & McCoys — explores the revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.

Paxton — who plays Sam Houston, the father of Texas — will be joined by Brendan Fraser (The Mummy films) as a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Ray Liotta (Smith, Goodfellas) as an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; Morgan as a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption; Murray as a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; and Thomas Jane (Hung) as a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory.

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Also starring are Olivier Martinez (soon to be seen on Revenge) as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Michael Rapaport (Justified) as a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger.

Texas Rising is slated to debut in 2015.

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24 Comments
  1. spindae2 says:

    Finally CMM comes back. I need him 22 times in the year.

  2. Trista says:

    So funny CMM and JDM – wonder if they will Hilarie Burton will be around.

  3. Deion says:

    OK. Ok. JDM is making his way back down to network television. Think he’ll be back by the time Supernatural does its swan song? I’d love to know where John Winchester’s spirit ended up.

  4. Ally Oop says:

    I hope this tells the real story of Texas and not the narrow propaganda found in yesteryear’s westerns. If it stays true to history and shows all points of view it will be good.

  5. Mick says:

    The history of the original Texas Rangers is a depressing one, they terrorized the Chicano population and were borderline criminals but of course the white man has to be the hero in this story.

  6. Ken says:

    This take us to the Alamo? Who and where is davey Crockett

  7. Francine says:

    Wow that’s a great cast.

  8. rose says:

    Stephen F. Austin is the father of Texas, (and the namesake of my alma mater), not Sam Houston.

  9. Rae says:

    Yes! I loved the Hatfield & McCoy mini series! Bill Paxton and JDM…I’m there!

  10. Joey Padron says:

    Good cast for this mini series. I’lll check it out when it premieres.

  11. Eric says:

    There is not a single person on this cast who I dislike, and I’m familiar with every cast member but one. Just for that, I’ll be watching.

  12. Kristen says:

    Sounds amazing!

  13. Ella says:

    Haha, Hilarie Burton’s on-screen love interest and off-screen love interest. Too cute.

  14. Katy says:

    Wow that cast is amazing! I’d watch jdm and cmm in anything!

  15. dude says:

    Interesting that both CMM and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are working together considering their connection to Hilarie Burton. Love JDM but can’t stand CMM so I probably won’t watch.

  16. Jude says:

    I love that they snagged both JDM and CMM…… I worry about Jeffrey Dean’s character having advanced consumption though….
    Does every show feel a need to kill off someone that gorgeous?!? SUPERNATURAL killed off John Winchester….then GREY’S ANATOMY bumped off Denny…..STARZ let Ike Evans live but killed MAGIC CITY…..!!!!! Come on Hollywood !!! This guy is a keeper………..

    • pass says:

      I totally agree!!! JDM is a keeper!! Hope his character makes it through the whole series! He is the main reason I will be watching!

  17. Yeah Buddy says:

    I agree with the earlier post… get the history right. Some was bad, some was good. Keep it in context with what the rest of America and the world were doing at the time, and avoid being preachy/judgemental. History is history. The present wouldn’t be the same (good or bad) without it.
    “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  18. jb says:

    What, were there no women in Texas?

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  20. chuckmourner says:

    Don’t ya know that it was a good fight to make Texas safe for slavery? Who trusts History to tell that story?

  21. Texas Rising says:

    Kit Acklin will be played by actor Trevor Donovan in the History Channel’s original mini-series ‘Texas Rising’

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