Netflix has picked up the international rights to Frontier, a six-part miniseries about 18th Century North America starring Jason Momoa (Khal Drago on GoT) from Canadian cable network Discovery Canada.
Produced by San Andreas director Brad Peyton, Frontier is a period piece focused on the fur trade of the early European colonies in America. According to Variety , the series will show the harsh realities of business on the edge of western civilization, “where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights.” From the description, it sounds like the series may employ a Game of Thrones-esque approach and bounce between narratives in multiple camps, both European and Native American.
Momoa, born in Hawaii, also played a Native American character in his last major TV role on the IFC series, The Red Road. There’s no word on whether Momoa will play a European or Native American character, only that he is the series’ primary lead. He will be joined by Landon Liboiron, star of the recently completed Netflix series Hemlock Grove, Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, Allan Hawco and Jessica Matten.
Frontier will launch on Netflix in the U.S. and air on cable in Canada in 2016. As part of the licensing deal, the series will come to Netflix in Canada in 2018.