EXCLUSIVE: Carlos Bardem has joined the cast of AMC’s The SonBased on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel, The Son is a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Production will begin in Austin, TX in June and the 10 one-hour episodes are set to premiere in 2017. Versatile Brit director Tom Harper (War and Peace) is helming the pilot.

The Son will mark the first American role of Bardem’s career. He’ll play the patriarch whose family is the last of the wealthy Spanish aristocracy in South Texas. He is a proud American, but must walk a careful line between his fellow ranchers and the Mexican radicals who employ terrorist tactics in an effort to drive the Anglos out of the Rio Grande Valley. Bardem, the brother of Javier, recently completed work on New Regency’s Assassin’s Creed alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, out later this year.

His past credits include Escobar: Paradise Lost opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson, Che: Part 2 for director Steven Soderbergh, and Scorpion In Love, which he wrote and starred in. Bardem is repped by WME, Beatriz Castro at Yo Lo Vi Primero in Spain and Fabiola Pena at Talent on the Road Management in Mexico.

Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the adaptation, with Kevin Murphy serving as executive producer/showrunner. Michael Connolly also executive produces.