Taylor Kitsch David Koresh

Taylor Kitsch Cast as Branch Davidians Leader David Koresh in Spike's Waco

Taylor Kitsch’s next small-screen role comes with a built-in following.

The Friday Night Lights/True Detective alum has been cast as Branch Davidians spiritual sect leader David Koresh in Waco, a new event series being developed for Spike TV by Weinstein Television (Marco Polo) and largely based on the biographies A Place Called Waco and Sinful Messiah.

Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will play the lead FBI negotiator (and Sinful Messiah author), Gary Noesener. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

In February of 1993, the ATF initiated a raid on the Waco, Texas ranch that the Branch Davidians (a subset of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church) had been operating out of since 1955. That raid escalated into a deadly shoot out and then a 51-day standoff, ultimately culminating in a fire that killed almost 80 of the group’s members.

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13 Comments
  1. Anthony says:

    glasses and a little thicker beard …he’s pretty damn close to being a spitting image

  2. Erica says:

    Not a ‘subset’, more like an offshoot.

  3. lechatnoir says:

    Taylor drowned 170 millions of dollars. Then had one flop after another. Yet still get cast as a lead
    .meanwhile kerry and viola are working their butts off to develop and stars to develop shows.he is a case of white privilege.

    • macd says:

      “John Carter” flopped because the new regime at Disney wanted it to, and “Battleship” was doomed whoever played the lead. Kitsch was fine in “Savages”, absolutely first-rate in “Lone Survivor” and terrific in HBO’s “Normal Heart”. Describing his well-deserved, hard-earned success as “a case of white privilege” is an idiotic and offensive insult to “kerry and viola”, whites and blacks alike, and Kitsch.

    • The Beach says:

      This comment makes no sense at all. So are you saying that they should have cast a black actor to play David Koresh?? Jeez

    • Angus says:

      WHAAAAAAAAA!!!! Take it somewhere else. sick of you BLM bs people.

  4. notfeelingencouraged says:

    I may not watch it, but I can easily see him playing this role very well. Good choice

  5. Wes says:

    The Branch Davidians are not associated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They are a “Branch” of the Davidians who are a branch of the SDA church.

  6. david7118 says:

    Despite Dan Rather reporting from downtown Waco the Davidian compound was actually outside of Elk, TX not Waco. It’s about 16 miles outside of Waco and four from Elk. Having lived in Waco for many years before the siege I can also tell you very few in Waco knew anything about Koresh and his followers. There was (is?) a Davidian church in Waco but we all knew it had nothing to do with what was happening at the compound.

  7. Chip and Joanna Gaines are called in by the ghost of David Koresh to determine if they can do a “Fixer Upper” on the compound after a fire and shoot-out with the FBI. Hilarity ensues in this family sit-com, not yet scheduled for the Lifetime network. Rex Reed states, “It’s the best show of this genre since Leo G. Carroll in “Topper.”

  8. Andrea says:

    Agreed about the casting. Taylor does look similar to David Koresh.

  9. Rhonda Trest says:

    This event did not occur in Waco, Texas. It was a tiny town outside of Waco- the VAST majority of Wacoans never knew the compound even existed until that standoff.

  10. Andrea Mayes says:

    I live 30 seconds from the branch davidian compound, its actually hallsburg texas where it took place seven miles outside of waco texas there’s a difference , crazy how there’s going to be a t.v series about it.