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Jason Momoa is now a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, having landed the part of aquatic superhero Aquaman, with an imminent appearance in this year's Justice League. But before he splashed into the big time, started talking to fish and waded through H20 topless, the actor made a name for himself on the small screen.

Having built his reputation from appearances in shows such as Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones, Momoa will return to his TV-roots for the leading role in Frontier, an upcoming Netflix original that paints an authentic and gory picture of the 18th Century Canadian fur trade, and the struggle between Native tribes and Europeans.

Jason Momoa starring in 'Frontier' [Credit: Netflix]
Jason Momoa starring in 'Frontier' [Credit: Netflix]

While it's pleasing to see the 37-year-old land a stylish, big-budget role as Aquaman, provides the perfect backdrop to elevate to his intimidating best. He stars as Declan Harp, a half-Irish, half-Native American outlaw who turns against Canadian fur traders, Hudson Bay Company, in an attempt to shatter their monopoly over the industry.

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This is not for the faint-hearted; the fight for control of the lucrative trade resulted in relentless violence, negotiation in the form of hatchet fights (as gruesome as they sound), and oceans of spilled blood. As the ruthless protagonist, Harp resorts to vicious means to aid his one-man-war against fur traders in the American Frontier.

Having been co-produced by Discovery Channel Canada and , the series was originally aired on the former network late last year, before its international release on Netflix later this month. Check out the action-packed trailer below:

Although the non-stop conveyor belt of TV shows is dizzying, Frontier is staking a claim for a binge-worthy winter choice. The role of Harp is suited to Momoa's physicality and sneering savagery; qualities he displayed in abundance with his portrayal of Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.

Plus, the show is easily digestible — with only six episodes — and it was shot in gloriously detailed 4K. What's not to like?

Delicately Handling Real Life Events

It's important to remember that Frontier is draped in history, the hunt for materials to make luxury clothing splitting apart indigenous communities and having a serious and lasting impact on many lives.

'Frontier' delicately handles real life events [Credit: Netflix]
'Frontier' delicately handles real life events [Credit: Netflix]

Crucially, the show has been praised for delicately handling the interaction with natives and depicting the "cutthroat" business for what it truly is — shown from various perspectives. Consequently, Frontier could be one of the most action-heavy, murderously entertaining binges for the dark winter nights.

Just avoid if you don't like the sight of blood.

Frontier is released on Netflix on January 20, 2017.

Will you be watching Jason Momoa in Frontier?

(Source: The Globe And Mail)


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