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Mar 1, 2013

HATFIELDS & MCCOYS: NBC Pilot Casts De Mornay, Westrate, and Bush

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay, Nick Westrate, Sophia Bush cast in Hatfields and McCoys Pilot. NBC’s Hatfields & McCoys pilot episode, a modern-day take on the infamous feud, has cast Rebecca De Mornay, Nick Westrate, and Sophia Bush to star in the potential series starter. The show will center on Mary Hatfield (Rebecca De Mornay), “the Mayor of Pittsburgh and matriarch of the powerful Hatfields, who basically run the city through their development company and political connections.” This section of the show brings to mind Starz’s canceled TV show Boss.

The drama in this series is generated by the “startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment.”

Nick Westrate will play Mary Hatfield’s “smug” son Randall Hatfield.

Sophie Bush will play the lead McCoy in series, Emma McCoy. Emma is the “the shining star of the family and the oldest McCoy sibling, a doctor.”

Hatfields & McCoys will be executive produced by Charlize Theron, written “by John Glenn and directed by Michael Mayer”.

A Rebecca De Mornay photograph:

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay

On the historical Hatfield-McCoy feud:

The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1863–1891) involved two families of the West Virginia–Kentucky area along the Tug Fork, off the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields of West Virginia were led by William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield while the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy. Those involved in the feud were descended from Ephraim Hatfield (born c. 1765) and William McCoy (born c. 1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metonym for any bitterly feuding rival parties. More than 100 years later, the story of the feud has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honor, justice, and vengeance.

The Hatfields were more affluent than the McCoys and were well-connected politically. Devil Anse Hatfield’s timbering operation was a source of wealth for his family, but he employed many non-Hatfields, and even hired McCoy family members Albert McCoy, Lorenzo Dow McCoy, and Selkirk McCoy.

I hope the NBC series will be as good as the History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys mini-series (Hatfields and McCoy (2012) TV Mini Series Trailer) that aired last year. I doubt it will be that visceral since its on NBC but one can hope.

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Source: Wikipedia, Deadline