Kilmer & Rachel Griffiths to Star in "Comanche Moon"
VAL KILMER, STEVE ZAHN AND RACHEL GRIFFITHS STAR IN "COMANCHE
MOON," A NEW SIX-HOUR MINI-SERIES, BASED ON THE BOOK BY LARRY
McMURTRY, THAT IS THE PREQUEL TO THE BESTSELLING AND PULITZER
PRIZE-WINNING BOOK, LONESOME DOVE, TO BE BROADCAST DEC. 30, JAN. 1 AND
JAN. 2 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks And Wes Studi Also Star
From Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-Winning Writers of the
Feature Film "Brokeback Mountain," Larry McMurtry and Diana
Val Kilmer ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), Steve Zahn ("Rescue
Dawn"), Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Rachel Griffiths
("Hilary and Jackie," "Six Feet Under"), Karl Urban
("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Linda
Cardellini ("ER"), Elizabeth Banks ("The 40 Year Old
Virgin") and Wes Studi ("Into The West") star in COMANCHE
MOON, a new six-hour mini-series based on the book by Larry McMurtry, the
prequel to McMurtry's bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book,
Lonesome Dove, which was the basis for the multiple Emmy Award-winning
mini-series "Lonesome Dove," to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 30,
Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night) on
the CBS Television Network. Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winners
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the writers and executive producer and
producer, respectively, of the feature film "Brokeback
Mountain," are the executive producers and writers.
COMANCHE MOON, the last book in the "Lonesome Dove" saga to
be made into a movie, follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Zahn) and
Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to
deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life - Gus with his great
love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini), and Call with Maggie Tilton (Banks),
the young prostitute who loves him. Kilmer plays Captain Inish Scull, a
Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War.
Griffiths plays Inez Scull, the Captain's sexy wife who doesn't hesitate
to fill her time with other men when he's away from home. Wes Studi plays
Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump.
Two proud but very different men, McCrae and Call enlist with a Ranger
troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war
chief; Kicking Wolf (Jonathon Joss, "Into the West"), the
celebrated Comanche horse thief; and Ahumado (Sal Lopez, "The
Astronaut Farmer"), a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for
slow torture. Assisting the Rangers in their wild chase is the renowned
Kickapoo tracker Famous Shoes (David Midthunder, "Into the
West"). They are joined by their comrades-in-arms, Deets (Keith
Robinson, "Dreamgirls"), Jake Spoon (Ryan Merriman, "The
Ring Two") and Pea Eye Parker (Troy Baker, "Striking
Range"), in the bitter struggle to protect an advancing western
frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their
territory and their way of life. The Rangers also encounter Buffalo Hump's
violent outcast son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach, "Law & Order: Special
Val Kilmer is well-known to movie audiences for his role as Jim
Morrison in the feature film "The Doors." His other feature film
credits include "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Batman
Forever," "Tombstone," "The Saint,"
"Heat," "True Romance," "Willow," "At
First Sight," "Thunderheart," "Alexander," "Mindhunters,"
"The Missing," "Blind Horizon," "Stateside"
and "Wonderland." During the production of
"Wonderland," Kilmer began a photography project which yielded a
behind-the-scenes pictorial book. His photographs were also exhibited in
several cities in the United States. His television credits include the
series "Numb3rs," on the Network, and "Entourage."
Steve Zahn's extensive feature film credits include "Rescue
Dawn," "Happy, Texas," "Out of Sight,"
"Riding in Cars with Boys," "That Thing You Do!,"
"Sahara," "Bandidas," "SubUrbia,"
"Shattered Glass," "Daddy Daycare," "National
Security," "Hamlet," "Joy Ride," "You've Got
Mail" and "The Object of My Affection." On television, he
guest starred in an episode of "Friends."
Rachel Griffiths was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the
feature film "Hilary and Jackie." She was nominated for Emmy
Awards for the television series "Six Feet Under" and
"Brothers and Sisters," and won a Golden Globe Award for
"Six Feet Under." Her additional feature film credits include
"Muriel's Wedding," "My Best Friend's Wedding"
"Among Giants," "Blow," "Very Annie Mary,"
"Me Myself I," "The Rookie" and "Ned
Kelley." Her additional television credits include the Hallmark Hall
of Fame presentation "Plainsong," on the Network.
Karl Urban's feature film credits include "The Bourne
Supremacy," "The Chronicles of Riddick," "The Lord of
the Rings: The Return of The King," "The Lord of the Rings: The
Two Towers" and "Ghost Ship." His television credits
include the series "Xena: Warrior Princess," "When Fates
Collide," "Lifeblood" "and "Hercules: The
Linda Cardellini is well-known for her role as Nurse Samantha Taggart
on the long-running hit series "ER." Her other television
credits include "Freaks and Geeks," "The Twilight
Zone," "Boy Meets World" and "Step by Step." Her
feature film credits include "Brokeback Mountain,"
"American Gun," "Grandma's Boy," "Scooby-Doo"
and "Legally Blonde."
Elizabeth Banks can be seen in a recurring role on the series
"Scrubs." Her additional television credits include the series
"Without a Trace," on the Network, "Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit," "Sex and the City" and "Third
Watch." She appeared as Betty Brant in "Spider-Man,"
"Spider-Man 2" and "Spider-Man 3." Her other feature
film credits include "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Catch Me If
You Can," "Daltry Calhoun" and "Sexual Life."
Wes Studi's television credits include the mini-series "Into the
West" and "Streets of Laredo" as well as the television
movies "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," "A Thief of
Time," "Coyote Waits," "The Lone Ranger,"
"Crazy Horse" and "The Broken Chain." His feature film
credits include "Road to Redemption," "Christmas in the
Clouds," "The Killing Jar," "Heat," "The
Last of the Mohicans," "The Doors," "Dances with
Wolves" and "Powwow Highway."
Larry McMurtry was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1971
screenplay for "The Last Picture Show." The feature films "Hud,"
which won three Academy Awards, and "Terms of Endearment," which
won five Academy Awards, were both adapted from his novels. He won the
1986 Pulitzer Prize for "Lonesome Dove." With Diana Ossana, he
recently won the Academy Award (Adapted Screenplay) and Golden Globe Award
(Best Screen Play Motion Picture) for "Brokeback Mountain."
Director Simon Wincer and producer Dyson Lovell, who directed and
produced "Lonesome Dove" respectively, served in those roles on
MOON is a co-production of CBS Paramount Network Television and Sony
Pictures Television. Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana ("Brokeback
Mountain") and Paul Frank, Julie Yorn and Adam Shulman of Firm Films
("The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Criss Angel: Mindfreak")
are the executive producers. Dyson Lovell and Larry Rappaport ("The
Christmas Blessing") are the producers. Simon Wincer directed from a
script by McMurtry and Ossana.