Netflix Western ‘Godless’ Confirms Jeff Daniels, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Stars
A few weeks back, we learned that Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh’s new Western miniseries Godless has begun initial casting with none other than Newsroom alum Jeff Daniels, and the official report brings yet more good news. Not only is Daniels confirmed, but so too is Walking Dead alum Merritt Wever, a Game of Thrones member and more.
Where previously the Frank-written, directed and executive produced limited series Godless eyed Daniels and Batman v. Superman vet Scoot McNairy (not yet confirmed) to join Money Monster star Jack O’Connell in the cast, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Merritt Wever and Game of Thrones star Thomas Brodie-Sangster have joined the ensemble, along with The Knick star Jeremy Bobb.
Set in 1884 in an 1800s New Mexico mining town, the miniseries stars Daniels as Frank Griffin, a menacing outlaw terrorizing the West as he hunts down Roy Goode (O’Connell), his son-like partner-turned-mortal enemy. While Roy hides at Alice Fletcher’s ranch, Frank’s chase leads him to the quiet town of La Belle, a community made up of entirely women after the town’s men died in a mining accident. Wever will play Mary Agnes, brash widow to the late mayor.
Bobb will play Santa Fe Daily Review editor A.T. Grigg, who has obsessed for years over the Griffin Gang, while Brodie-Sangster takes the role of Whitey Winn, town deputy described as “afraid of no one, but still a boy more than a man, has a lot to learn.”
For his part, Frank’s screenwriting credits included the original Minority Report, Get Shorty, The Wolverine and Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among The Tombstones, which Frank also directed. Frank also earned an Oscar nomination for his work adapting Justified creator Elmore Leonard’s Out of Sight, which Soderbergh directed in 1998.
The cast is coming together, but will Godless manage to stand out in Netflix’s barrage of original programming?