3:04pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC's 'The Frontier' Staffs Up With Ethan Embry, Megan Ferguson, More
NBC's Western drama pilot The Frontier has found the bulk of its cast.
The project, from writer/exec producer Shaun Cassidy, revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the unchartered country in the 1840s.
Ethan Embry (Empire Records) will play DJ, a bittersweet and sardonic guy in a sham marriage to Megan Ferguson's (Boardwalk Empire) Payton, who is described as a Georgia girl who is half Scarlett O'Hara and half Tallulah Bankhead.
Jake McLaughlin (Savages) will play Cooper, a strong and driven farmer with stellar fighting skills. Bridget Regan (Perception) has been cast as Hannah, a beautiful woman in her late 20s who bonds with Cooper despite traveling with her husband. Al Weaver (Doom) will play Ben, a heavyset writer in his early 30s who is charged with chronicling the group's journey. Gina Bramhill (Being Human) will play a young woman Ben pulls to safety from a collapsed sandbank who is headed to meet her fiancé for the first time.
Thomas Schlamme will direct and exec produce the drama, from Sony Pictures Television and Prospect Park.