10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Sam Neill to Star in AMC Oil Drama 'The Son'
AMC has set its cast for upcoming oil drama The Son.
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) will lead a cast that also includes Henry Garrett (Poldark), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Paola Nunez (Reina de corazones) and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home), The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Son is based on the book by Philipp Meyer and hails from Sonar Entertainment. Written and produced by Philipp Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, it is described as a multi-generational drama about America's birth as a superpower told through the rise and fall of one Texas oil empire. Kevin Murphy is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer.
Neill will star as Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. He was born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, earning the nickname “First Son of Texas” and is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy.
Garrett is set as as Pete McCullough, the eldest son of Eli. He grew up in Eli’s shadow and struggles to make his impossible father proud while still forging his own identity. McClarnon is Toshaway, a Comanche war chief who captures young Eli and becomes his father figure. Nunez — a star in Mexico who will make her stateside debut after filming ABC pilot Runner last year — will play Maria Garcia, whose family is the last of the wealthy Spanish aristocracy in South Texas. She is college educated and a woman ahead of her time. Tony-nominated actress Lucas is set as Jeannie McCullough, the strong-willed tomboy daughter of Pete. Despite coming up in a male-dominated world, she rejects her fate of existing solely to marry well and bear children.
Neill (Merlin) is repped by ICM Partners; Garrett is with Untitled; McClarnon is with AEFH; Nunez is with UTA and Lucas is with Paradigm.