Aden Young (Rectify) and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) are cast as leads in USA Network’s drama pilot Damnation. The Path‘s Sarah Jones, Chasten Harmon (BrainDead), Hell on Wheels alum Christopher Heyerdahl, and Melinda Page Hamilton (Devious Maids) round out the series regular cast.
Written and created by Tony Tost (Longmire), Damnation is described as an epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, chronicling the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets. The pilot centers on Seth Davenport (Young), a man masquerading as a small town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past.
Jones will play Amelia Davenport, who puts on a modest front as a preacher’s wife in order to disguise her fierce political ambitions. She most recently was seen as the mysterious Alison on The Path. Her other TV credits include Texas Rising and Vegas. Jones is repped by UTA and Management 360.
Harmon will portray Bessie Louvin, a recent arrival to the local house of ill repute who is literate and cunning with Machiavellian plans to achieve a life of independence. Harmon can be seen in Paterson, which made its debut at Cannes Film Festival and screened at TIFF. She most recently came off a guest spot in BrainDead,and will be seen in the upcoming series Pure Genius and on Elementary. Harmon is repped by Generate and Don Buchwald & Associates.
Canadian actor Heyerdahl will play Don Berryman, the charming local sheriff who in fact ruthlessly controls the county’s moonshining, bootlegging and prostitution rackets. Heyerdahl recently worked with Neil LaBute on Syfy’s Van Helsing and is filming Rowan Joffe’s Tin Star opposite Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.
Hamilton is Connie Nunn, a brutally efficient professional strikebreaker who will arrive in Iowa seeking revenge for her husband’s murder. Hamilton was a series regular on Devious Maids and recurred on Mad Men and Big Love. She also starred in Bobcat Goldthwait’s comedy feature, Sleeping Dogs Lie. She is repped by SDB Partners and Sager Entertainment.
Young recently wrapped the third season as the lead in Sundance TV’s Rectify, which will wrap after Season 4. His credits include features Black Robe and Sniper. He’s repped by CAA, Shanahan Management and the Artist Representation Company. Marshall-Green, who played Charlie Holloway in Prometheus, plays the titular lead in Cinemax’s Quarry. Repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Stone Genow, he most recently appeared in Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation and Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) is set to direct the pilot from executive producers Tost, James Mangold, and Guymon Casady and Daniel Rappaport on behalf of Entertainment 360. The pilot will be produced by Universal Cable Productions.