Sundance Channel is swimming further into the scripted series waters with their newest drama, The Red Road starring Jason Momoa.
While the Sundance Channel is most known for its feature film programming, it is currently undergoing a rebranding to SundanceTV, and has been branching out into scripted fare in recent years. Joining Rectify, the first scripted drama for the channel, and the critically acclaimed miniseriesTop of the Lake, comes a new show which features some familiar faces.
After meeting a somewhat unusual demise on Game of Thrones, Khal Drogo, aka Jason Momoa, finds himself as the star of The Red Road. At first blush, The Red Road looks a lot like A&E’s Longmire starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackhoff. Both shows feature a sheriff at odds with a group of Native Americans. However, it appears that is where the similarity ends.
Jason Momoa plays Phillip Kopus, an ex-con, recently released from prison, who, as it happens, is a member of a Native American tribe who live outside of New York City. Co-star Martin Henderson is Harold Jensen, the sheriff of a neighboring town who, while trying to keep his family together, is also dealing with rising tensions between the tribe members and the town residents.
Created by Aaron Guzikowski, who penned the 2013 thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhal, The Red Road looks to delve into a world and interpersonal relationships that haven’t been too deeply explored on television to date.
It’s an interesting world people haven’t seen before. This particular Indian tribe lives close to New York City, close to the modern world, and yet is still living off the land. It’s a small tribe that doesn’t have federal recognition. There are a lot of things that make them unique. That was a hugely attractive place to set this story. – Aaron Guzikowski
Joining Momoa and Henderson are Julianne Nicholson who plays Jean Jensen, wife of the sheriff, and Tom Sizemore as Jack Kopus, father of Jason Momoa’s character.
The Red Road premieres on SundanceTV (Sundance Channel) on February 27 at 9 pm.