July 19, 2013 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Game of Thrones' Alum Jason Momoa to Star in Sundance Drama (Exclusive)
Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is returning to TV.
The actor best known for playing Khal Drogo on the HBO fantasy drama has been tapped to star in the Sundance Channel's The Red Road (previously The Descendants), The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The six-episode Red Road is described as a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a weathered sheriff struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities: the folks in the small town in which he grew up and those in the neighboring Ramapo Mountains. Sarah Condon (Bored to Death) will produce, with Contraband's Aaron Guzikowski on board to pen the script. Bridget Carpenter ( Friday Night Lights, Parenthood ) will executive produce and serve as showrunner.
Momoa will play Philip, a Ramapo-Indian brimming with menace, charisma and hypnotic self-confidence. He attended high school with Harold, now a police officer, and his wife Jean (Boardwalk Empire's Julianne Nicholson) until his supposed involvement in the death of the latter's twin brother forced him to drop out and flee the state. He's now been sent back to town by his crime-lord father to establish a new base of operations for vice and mayhem.
Red Road marks Sundance's second original scripted series following Rectify, the latter of which will return for a second season in 2014. The casting comes a day after Sundance received a record 10 Primetime Emmy nominations for its miniseries Top of the Lake and Restless.
Momoa's credits also include the title role in Conan the Barbarian, Bullet to the Head and Road to Paloma. He's repped by APA and Kritzer Levine. He'll next be seen in director David Hayter's film Wolves, which will have a panel Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego.