One of the interesting historical stories of America, at least for this writer, was the exploration of this country’s western regions beyond the Mississippi River by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Their expedition from 1804 to 1806 was chronicled in journals written along their route to the Pacific Ocean and back. The Lewis and Clark Expedition is about to be chronicled again as HBO begins casting for an upcoming miniseries for the network.
The only bit of news that this work was even in development came to our attention on 06.17.14 in a Development Slate posting. Below is what we learned:
LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Starts Casting
I like the concept of a big sweeping miniseries about the life and expedition of the adventuresome Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Something must be getting started with the epic project because we have a casting note.
Casey Affleck, (pictured) yes the younger brother of the next Batman, will personify the Lewis half of that famous exploration team in an adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose’s book Undaunted Courage. The mini will focus on the achievements of Lewis and Clark as well as the physical, spiritual and emotional toll the expedition to the uncharted country west of the Mississippi River takes on them. The event will be produced by Tom Hanks and his Playtone Company; Brad Pitt and his Plan B Company and Edward Norton and his Class 5 Company. No word yet on who will join Affleck as Clark or any other specifics. It looks like a thrilling miniseries though, doesn’t it?
Since then we have learned that additional casting calls have been announced for many of the supporting roles and extras required for the slated six-hour miniseries. Though no word has been mentioned about who will play William Clark or if Thomas Jefferson appears in the picture one crucial character is being actively sought out at this time. It is the role of Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian woman who aided in the sojourn westward. One casting site offers the following information:
As that notice indicates HBO is going for accuracy here. Yes, there have already been a number of productions, big screen and small, like Dances With Wolves and TNT’s Into the West that have used native languages and subtitles, but match that authenticity with HBO’s quality and you know it is going to be well-done and historically as well as culturally concise. We also know that an attention to detail is assured because of the project’s source material. The Playtone produced work is using Stephen Ambrose’s, author of “Band of Brothers,” book “Undaunted Courage” as inspiration.
Another site, projectcasting.com, has even gone as far as to list the open audition locations for the Native American casting. In the end a large cast will assemble to relive the expedition as it traversed the frontier fringe of what was the United States in the early 1800’s. It should be a grand, sweeping, exciting miniseries to HBO subscribers can look forward to in the future. We will keep you posted; especially when we hear who is cast as William Clark and Sacagawea. Are you excited for this epic miniseries? Or do you meet the casting requirements and going to audition? Let us know in the comments below.