David Thewlis takes the lead in Nat Geo’s Barkskins
According to Deadline, David Thewlis has signed up for the lead role in National Geographic’s scripted drama series Barkskins, based on the 2016 bestselling novel by Annie Proulx.
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Elwood Reid will executive produce Barkskins alongside Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, and David Slade, who will also serve as director. The series will go into production this year.
Per the report, the series will follow a group of outcasts “who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization—1600s New France—where the war to escape their past and re-make themselves is cast against the vast and unforgiving wilds of North America.”
Thewlis will star as Monsieur Claude Trepagny in the series, “a wealthy landowner with grand visions for New France.”
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This is the latest gig for the talented actor, who has the films Eternal Beauty, Guest of Honor, Rare Beasts and I’m Thinking of Ending Things in production. He’s also working on the TV series The Feed, and James Cameron’s Avatar 2 & 3.