Netflix has added 11 actors to the cast of the limited series American Primeval. diversity have learned.
The six-episode series was originally commissioned in December and starred Taylor Kitsch. He is now joined by: Jai Courtney, Kyle Bradley Davis, Dane DeHaan, Betty Gilpin, Nick Hargrove, Derek Hinkey, Saura Lightfoot Leon, Preston Mota, Shawnee Pourier, Joe Tippett and Shea Whigham. The role marks a return to Netflix for Gilpin, who earned three consecutive Emmy nominations for the comedy series GLOW at the streamer before it was summarily canceled amid the pandemic.
American Primeval is described as “a raw, adventurous exploration of the birth of the American West. The violent collisions of cultures, religions and communities as men and women fight and die for control of this new world for a land they truly believe is their destiny. The cast tells a story about the sacrifice all must pay when they choose to enter a lawless and untamed wilderness.” As previously announced, Kitsch will play Isaac, who is said to be “a traumatized man struggling to find his Overcoming demons and finding a reason to live in this brutal and punishing world”.
Courtney (“Kaleidoscope,” “Suicide Squad”) will play Virgil Cutter, who is described as “a trapper and bounty hunter who sees opportunity in the naivety of others.” Davis (“American Horror Story”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) will play Tilly – one of Cutter’s trappers. The character is further described as “a mean, dangerous man who doesn’t mind killing to get ahead and prefers to be enjoyed by others fearing him”.
DeHaan (“Oppenheimer,” “The Staircase”) will play Jacob Pratt, “a Mormon who takes his family across the border to join other settlers in Utah.” Gilpin (“Gaslit”, “GLOW”) will play Sara Rowell, who is “an extremely capable woman with an air of poise and grace that seems out of place at Fort Bridger as she seeks a guide across the border for herself.” and she seeks her son, Devin (Mota).”
Hargrove (Devotion) will play Cottrell, described as “a young man who helps out at Fort Bridger and serves as Jim Bridger’s (Whigham) right-hand man”. Hinkey (“Walker Independence”, “Horizon”) will play Red Feather, “the leader of a renegade group of Crow warriors known as the Wolf Clan.”
Lightfoot Leon (“Hoard”, “Masters of the Air”) will play Abish, “a Mormon who is not content to be considered the property of her husband Jacob (DeHaan).” Mota (“Asteroid City”) will Will play Devin Rowell, who is described as “a sensitive soul with an inquisitive mind”. Pourier (“Stranger Things,” “Dark Winds”) will play Two Moons, who is said to be “a young girl who flees her village with a strong will and a determination to survive at all costs.” . Tippett (“Mare Of Easttown,” “The Morning Show”) will play James Wolsey, “a Mormon who leads a militia of men who don’t have the moral code they claim to have.” Finally, Whigham (“Joker,” “Boardwalk Empire”) will play Jim Bridger, “a gray-haired realist but a decent man. Bridger runs his eponymous fort, a popular stopping point for settlers and trappers.”
Courtney is represented by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management. Davis is represented by Global Artists Agency and Schlegel Entertainment. DeHaan is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Gilpin is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson. Hargrove is represented by Luber Roklin Entertainment. Lightfoot Leon is represented by the Curtis Brown Group. Mota is represented by Duvall Mac Talent and 11:11 Entertainment. Tippett is represented by Paradigm, Perennial Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan. Whigham is represented by WME and Range Media Partners.
Mark L. Smith is the writer and executive producer of American Primevla. As the first project in his first-look deal with Netflix on Film 44, Peter Berg is executive producing all episodes. Eric Newman will also executive produce on Grand Electric as part of his overall Netflix deal. This is the second limited series collaboration for Kitsch, Berg and Newman as they also teamed up for the upcoming Netflix series Painkiller, which is set to premiere in 2023.