A story nearly 200 years old that has been in the works for a year and a half is finally getting the go ahead.
History has given the greenlight to ‘Texas Rising,’ an eight-hour miniseries that chronicles the Texas Revolution and will star a lot of manly man battle.
Yes, the announced series is packed full of actors who will assume the roles of soldiers and fighters, toplined by the gruff Bill Paxton, the imposing Ray Liotta, and well, the affable Brendan Fraser (I’m sure he can play brutish).
The miniseries comes from Leslie Greif, who found success with History in ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ the award-winning showcase that seems to have heralded in a new slew of miniseries.
That series too starred Paxton, who earned an Emmy-nod for his work. Here, the actor will play the iconic role of Sam Houston, leader of the Texas War for Independence during the 1830s. Liotta is Lorca, an Alamo survivor, while Fraser will play Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties.
More masculinity rounds out the cast. Jeffery Dean Morgan (soldier in ‘Red Dawn,’), Thomas Jane (well-endowed male on ‘Hung’), Olivier Martinez (provocateur in ‘Unfaithful’) and Michael Rapaport (redneck villain on ‘Justified’) will feature as well as young heartthrobs Chad Michael Murray and Max Thieriot.
Chronicling the stories big and small, from the military leaders down to the volunteers, the battle is slated to premiere in 2015.