The original Texas Rangers (no, not the ones mired in last place in the American League - actually, all of baseball, right now)... the ones that grew up and brought us weekly glimpses of the great Chuck Norris on TeeVee. Yeah, those Texas Rangers.
But, there's no slick trucks or fast cars. No helicopters or cross-state flights in a jumbo jet. And, no James Trivette.
This is a story of the Texas Rangers from way, way back when Texas was just emerging from Mexican rule. Back when Santa Ana was told to get his ornery butt back south of the Rio Grande and don't come back! Varmint!
Update: Release Date - the series will commence on the History Channel on Memorial Day (May 25), 2015.
The Alamo was still smouldering (and, well outside the limits of San Antonio), Goliad was still rubble and General Samuel Houston (who will be played by Bill Paxton in a reunite with his "Hatfields & McCoys" production group) rose to the top of the political heap in the New, Lone Star Nation.
As mentioned, "Hatfields & McCoys" producers (Leslie Greif, Barry M. Berg, Jose Ludlow and others) will be bringing the dust-ladened, gritty and determined pioneer lawmen to the one-eyed brain-sucker in a TV Mini-Series on The History Channel.
Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission and The Scarlet Letter) will direct and Darrell Fettie (Trouble Bound, 18 Wheels of Justice & Big Wednesday) & Leslie Greif (Walker, Texas Ranger (duh!), Funny Money and Word of Honor) will storyboard the event as co-writers.
Chad Michael Murray (Marvel's Agent Carter / Gilmore Girls / Dawson's Creek / One Tree Hill, Lone Ranger & Left Behind) heads the cast as Mirabeau B. Lamar, a poet, diplomat and soldier who became The Republic's second President.
Brendan Fraser (Encino Man, George of the Jungle, The Mummy, Dudley Do-Right) also stars as Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ancestry and Ray Liotta (Field of Dreams, GoodFellas & Wild Hogs) strolls into the set as Lorca, a survivor of the Alamo who rages for revenge. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Supernatural & Red Dawn) brings his talents as Erastus "Deaf" Smith, a, yeah, deaf and grizzled veteran who comes to the Texas Rangers suffering from an advanced case of consumption.
Ray Liotta as Lorca:
Other stars include Max Thieriot as Jack Hays (a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger), Thomas Jane (The Punisher, 61 & Thin Red Line) as James Wykoff, Jake Busey as Samuel Wallace, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future & Charlies Angels) as Mosley Baker, Robert Knepper as Empresario Buckley, Sarah Jones as Pauline Wykoff, Johnathan Schaech as Colonel Sidney Sherman, Christopher McDonald as Henry Karnes and Courtney Gains as Cole Hornfischer. Kris Kristofferson cameos as U.S. President Andrew "Stone Wall" Jackson to receive Santa Ana's "strongly worded letter" condemning the U.S. connections to the Texas traitors.
With this cast and production crew, look for this to be an event worth watching.
Some of the great music from the show:
Update: Here's some Trailers: