Pierce Brosnan is set to replace Sam Neill in the lead role in AMC’s upcoming drama series “The Son,” marking only his second major TV series role – the first being the one that shot him to fame over thirty years ago – NBC’s “Remington Steele”.
Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the multi-generational epic follows America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.
Brosnan will play Eli, a a relic of the Wild West and 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.
Neill was originally cast in the role but left for personal reasons. The series has a ten-episode straight-to-series order with Tom Harper (“War & Peace”) directing the opening episode.
Kevin Murphy serves as executive producer/showrunner and filming begins this month in Austin ahead of a 2017 premiere. Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Nunez and Sydney Lucas will produce.