Having first rose to fame in the 80s as the star of Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan is returning to the small screen after a thirty year absence, with Deadline reporting that the former 007 is set to star in AMC’s upcoming drama The Son, which is described as “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.”
Brosnan is replacing Sam Niell, who has left the project due to personal reasons, and 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.”
The Son is based on the book by Philipp Meyer, and sees Kevin Murphy serving as showrunner and executive producer. Production will get underway this month, with the series slated to premiere in 2017.
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