Western, not Westeros. Okay? Just want to make sure you don’t confuse the two when I tell you that actor Jason Momoa, who played Drogo on the first season of “Game of Thrones”, is starring in Netflix’s next original series which will be a Western and will be directed by Brad Peyton, who directed Dwayne Johnson in both 2015’s “San Andreas” and 2012’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”. The series is titled “Frontier” and it takes place in the late 18th century.
According the Netflix, the synopsis for the show is as follows:
“An action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.”
Momoa, who will be beginning his superhero tenure as Aquaman with 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, has had mixed reception with films, namely his version of “Conan the Barbarian”. However, he seems to be a solid success in television, namely in “Game of Thrones” (2011-Present) and “Stargate Atlantis” (2004-2009), the latter which he played the character Ronon Dex. However, his recent series “Red Road”, in which he played the co-lead character Phillip Kopus, was cancelled after two seasons.
Whether this will be a blessing disguise or not is anyone’s guess but Netflix has had a very successful string of original shows lately. “House of Cards” has all but become a household name (Luckily not of cards), there pairing with Marvel on “Daredevil” has created easily one of the most successful superhero shows out there right now, and “Orange Is the New Black” is a runaway hit.
Time will tell…but the odds look good for Momoa and Peyton based on Netflix’s string of hits and their good choices in programs that they fund.
The series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016 and co-stars Alun Armstrong (“Braveheart”), Landon Liboiron (“Hemlock Grove”) and Zoe Boyle (“Downton Abbey”).