The ambitious production will be filmed in Durango, Mexico and has plans for the participation of artists like Ed Harris, Kevin Costner, Harrison Ford and Andy García. Filming begins in March which is only a few weeks before the start of principle photography of Star Wars: Episode7...
The companies behind the project are A&E Entertainment, History Channel and ITV , the largest TV company in Europe.
The production will last for 19 weeks which means, that a possible involvement of Harrison Ford with the project could directly interfere with the Episode 7 filming schedule.
Still there is no place for worries. There are no details on the roles, and all these actors could very well be guest stars in the Show. I really Doubt that Ford (71) would sign for a TV series with such staggering filming schedule. (Episode 7 is expected to be shot in less than 19 weeks). Most likely if he agrees to do it, the part will not be big.
Deadline is reporting that History has given the green light for the project. It's called Texas Rising (working title), for a 2015 premiere. They also revealed the cast and Harrison Ford is not one of them, at least for now.
The project, which had been in the works at the cable network for a year and a half, comes from Leslie Greif, the producer of History’s first miniseries, mega hit Hatfields & McCoys. It will feature a big-name cast led by Hatfield & McCoys star Bill Paxton, who earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Randall McCoy. The project will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.
Paxton will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas. He is joined by Brendan Fraser as Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Ray Liotta as Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption; Thomas Jane as James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory; Olivier Martinez as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Chad Michael Murray as Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; Michael Rapaport as Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot as Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger.
So for now Ford's schedule looks free for the next few months... :)
In a similar way few weeks ago Benedict Cumberbatch who was rumored for a role in Episode 7 was attached to star in the thriller “Blood Mountain" from director Sergei Bodrov.
Principal photography for that project is slated to begin in April in Morocco which also questions Cumberbatch's involvement with the new Star Wars movie.