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Taylor Kitsch to Lead Netflix Western Series American Primeval

The Western comes from Peter Berg, Eric Newman, and Mark L. Smith.
  • Taylor Kitsch. (Photo: Everett Collection)
    Taylor Kitsch. (Photo: Everett Collection)

    Friday Night Lights vets Taylor Kitsch and Peter Berg are reteaming for a new venture. 

    Kitsch will lead upcoming Western American Primeval at Netflix, helmed by director Berg, showrunner and executive producer Eric Newman (NarcosThe WatcherBright), and writer Mark L. Smith (The Midnight Sky, The Revenant, Overlord). 

    "American Primeval is a raw, adventurous exploration of the birth of the American West. The violent collisions of cultures, religions and communities as men and women fight and die for control of this new world - for a land they truly believe is their destiny," reads the official synopsis. "The ensemble tells a story of the sacrifice all must pay when they choose to enter a lawless and untamed wilderness."

    The six-episode limited drama will star Kitsch (WacoFriday Night Lights, upcoming Netflix series Painkiller) as traumatized man Isaac, who struggles "to overcome his demons and find a reason to live in this brutal and punishing world."

    "American Primeval is a portrait of the American West unlike any other – raw, thrilling, action-driven and brought to life by a tapestry of emotionally compelling characters led by the talented Taylor Kitsch," said Peter Friedlander, Netflix's Vice President of Scripted Series, US and Canada. 

    A release date has not been annnounced yet. 

    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Taylor Kitsch, Netflix, American Primeval, Friday Night Lights, Eric Newman, Peter Berg