Bill 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.
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.
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.Follow @VladaGelman