Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders) is set as the lead in AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. Rounding out the cast in the 10-episode series are Henry Garrett (Poldark), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Paola Nunez (Reina de corazones), and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home).
Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale 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 for premiere in 2017. Kevin Murphy serves as executive prodcuer/showrunner.
Neill will play 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 will play 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 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. Lucas is 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, repped by ICM Partners, appears in Sundance pic Hunt For The Wilderpeople directed by Taika Waititi, and stars opposite Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Neill is also repped by Curtis Brown in the UK and Shanahan Management in Australia. Nunez is repped by UTA and Vision Entertainment.