First Photos: Taylor Kitsch As David Koresh

The first photos of “Friday Night Lights” actor Taylor Kitsch playing infamous Texan cult leader David Koresh have premiered over at

Kitsch lost around 30 pounds, listened to hundreds of hours of phone call and hostage negotiation recordings, and studied David Thibodeau’s book “A Place Called Waco” multiple times to get into character.

The six-part limited series will follow the 51-day standoff between the fanatical leader, his followers the Branch Davidians, and the FBI and ATF – stand-off that ended in tragedy and the death of 75 Davidians, including Koresh and 25 children in 1993.

Waco also stars Michael Shannon as lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, Andrea Riseborough and Julia Garner. The event series will premiere on the Paramount Network in January.