Ben Barnes, Ryan Eggold, Michael Raymond-James, Rafe Spall, and Henry Thomas have landed starring roles in Sons of Liberty set up at History. The six hour miniseries follows rebels Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Joseph Warren at the start of the revolution that made America a free nation. Barnes will play Sam Adams, Eggold is Joseph Warren, James is Paul Revere, Rafe Spall will play John Hancock, and Henry Thomas is on board as John Adams.
The cast also includes Marton Csokas as General Thomas Gage, Emily Berrington as Margaret Gage, and Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin. Hans Zimmer is attached to create the title theme, and filming is expected to begin this summer.
“From the Boston Tea Party to the Declaration of Independence, Sons of Liberty will tell the rebellious story of America’s greatest fight for freedom,” said Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. “History continues its commitment to bring viewers historical drama based on real events that have shaped our past, while capturing the spirit of the time. Adams, Hancock, Revere, are famous names in our history books, and Sons of Liberty will bring their stories to life.”
The miniseries will be directed by Kari Skogland (Boardwalk Empire, Vikings) from a script by Stephen David and David C. White.
Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they light the spark that ignited a revolution. Though their names have become American legend, this group of young rebels didn’t start off as noble patriots in powdered wigs. They were a new American generation of young men from varied backgrounds, struggling to find purpose in their lives. They were looking for equality, but they found something greater: Independence.