Jena Malone is joining the Hatfields and McCoys family.
The actress has joined the miniseries starring Kevin Costner (“Devil” Anse Hatfield) and Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy), who play the famed leaders of the feuding families. The project, which will center on the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states, will air next year, the 150th anniversary of the country’s most infamous family feud.
Malone is set to play Nancy McCoy, Roseanna’s ruthless cousin, who uses her feminine wiles to wreak revenge on the Hatflieds for murdering her father when she was a child. She seduces, marries and tricks Johnse into revealing family secrets, leading to the killing or capture of numerous Hatfields. Upon getting her revenge, Nancy drops Johnse and marries the McCoy family’s deadly avenger. Filling out the cast are Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Lindsay Pulsipher, all of whom will play members of the two families.
The miniseries, which will shoot on location in Romania, is part of the network’s push into the potentially brand-enhancing miniseries space. Despite an early misfire with The Kennedys, which ultimately aired on the ReelzChannel, History is also readying efforts including Mark Burnett‘s The Bible mini.
The project hails from Leslie Greif’s Thinkfactory Media, responsible for other series including History’s Mounted in Alaska and A&E’s Gene Simmons: Family Jewels. Kevin Reynolds (Red Dawn, The Count of Monte Cristo, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) is attached to direct.
Malone, whose other credits include Sucker Punch, Contact andBastard Out of Carolina, is repped by Gersh and attorney Robert Wallerstein at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.