History Channel has greenlit its next miniserie, which will star Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The eight-hour series, dubbed Texas Rising, will premiere in 2015 and focus on the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which led to the rise of the Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) will direct. Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas; Frasier (The Mummy) is Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Liotta (Goodfellas) will play Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; and Morgan (Magic City) will play “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption.
Other cast members will include Thomas Jane (Hung) as James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory; Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill)as Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; Michael Rapaport (Justified) as Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger.
“The Texas Revolution is one of the most gut-wrenching and inspirational events in our history,” said History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra in a statement. “Doing the story justice will be a massive undertaking, and we’re excited to begin production with one of the best teams in the business.”