Casey Affleck is going where no man has gone before -- west of the Mississippi River -- as Meriwether Lewis in HBO's long-gestating, not to mention six-hour long, miniseries, 'Lewis and Clark,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The mini, which is based on Stephen E. Ambrose's book, "Undaunted Courage," follows Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, captains of the Corps of Discovery, who went on an epic journey to find a water route across North America, traveling to the west of the Mississippi River where they would make America's first contact with the land and the native tribes there, in an attempt to deliver President Jefferson's message of sovereignty.
The miniseries will not only focus on the achievements of the two great explorers, but also the physical, emotional and spiritual toll it took on the two men.
'Lewis and Clark' is turning out to be a star-studded affair. The drama hails not from just one, but three movie stars. Playtone's Tom Hanks, along with Gary Goetzman, Plan B's Brad Pitt (and Dede Gardneras) well as Class 5's Edward Norton will executive produce.
Norton, along with John Curran ('The Painted Veil') and Michelle Ashford (Showtime's 'Masters of Sex') will write the script.
Affleck, who is the first to be cast, earned an Academy Award nomination for 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' and will next be seen this summer in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar.'