For a network that only recently dedicated itself to producing original drama series, AMC already has an embarrassment of riches with "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "The Killing." And now the network has announced that its newest show, "Hell on Wheels" will begin production in two weeks for a potential fall debut.
Created by Tony and Joe Gayton, "Hell on Wheels" takes place immediately after the Civil War in 1865, as a former Confederate soldier named Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) seeks his revenge against the Union soldiers who killed his wife. Bohannon's quest takes him to the forefront of the Union Pacific Railroad company's transcontinental rail construction.
The rapper/actor Common ("Date Night") also stars as Elam, a recently freed slave. Colm Meaney ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Dominique McElligott ("Moon"), Ben Esler ("The Pacific"), Phil Burke ("Mercy") and Eddie Spears ("Into the West") costar in the series as well.
AMC has released the first trailer from the series, cut together from the already produced pilot episode, which you can see below.
"Hell on Wheels" actually marks AMC's second foray into the western genre, following the 2006 miniseries "Broken Trail."
"AMC's commitment to the Western is long-standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel," said AMC President Charlie Collier in a written statement. "In 'Hell on Wheels,' AMC is creating another epic and enduring American story."
The 10 episode first season is expected to premiere some time in the fourth quarter of this year.