EXCLUSIVE: James Brolin, La Brea star Eoin Macken and A Million Little Things alumna Lizzy Greene are set as leads opposite Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly in Netflix’s upcoming drama series Ransom Canyon.
Based on the book series by Jodi Thomas, Ransom Canyon is a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary western saga that charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country.
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Duhamel plays Staten Kirkland, the owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch.
Brolin plays Cap Fuller, an ex-Army captain and the brash, bullheaded owner of Fuller Ranch. After losing his only son in Afghanistan, Cap buried his grief in work and the occasional drink, his once-renowned ranch having fallen into slight disrepair. Resisting pressure to sell, Cap hires new foreman, Yancy Grey, and is quick to let the young man know exactly what he’s doing wrong. About as salty as they come, Cap is kept in line only by Ellie, daughter of a fallen brother in arms, who checks in on him from time to time.
Macken plays Davis, the charming, Ivy-educated owner of the modern Bar W Ranch. Unlike his counterpart Staten Kirkland, Davis is intent on capitalizing on the invaluable aquifer running below Ransom’s ranch land. But this is far from the first issue that Staten and Davis have butted heads over. The two biggest landowners in Ransom, the Kirkland and Collins families have been feuding for generations. But passionate stances on the water pipeline aren’t the only thing Davis and Staten share — both have fallen hard for the beguiling Quinn O’Grady (Kelly), lavender farmer and owner of the local dancehall in Ransom.
Greene plays Lauren Brigman, Ransom Canyon’s ambitious head cheerleader. The daughter of the town sheriff and girlfriend of cocky quarterback Reid Collins, Lauren appears to be living her best life — but all she really wants is to put this small town in her rearview. With her sights set on making the cheer team at UT Austin as her ticket out, Lauren must navigate her strict father’s desire for her to stay in Ransom. Lauren’s only reprieve comes in the form of a new, unexpected love interest: Lucas Russell, a kind-hearted underdog from the other side of the tracks who her father and her friends do not approve of.
April Blair is the series creator, writer and executive producer. Amanda Marsalis is set to direct the first two of Season 1’s 10 episodes.
Brolin recently voiced one of the main characters in Pixar’s Lightyear and is the narrator of Netflix’s Sweet Tooth. He previously starred in the CBS comedy series Life in Pieces. He is repped by Gersh and manager Scott Hart.
Macken stars as Gavin Harris on La Brea, whose third and final season is currently airing on NBC. He also can be seen starring in the Netflix film I Used to be Famous. Macken next stars in the Roku series Borderline. He also is working on his third novel, Circus. He’s repped by Brett Norensberg at The Gersh Agency, Saskia Mulder at The Artists Partnership, and Stephanie Comer at Sol22.
Greene was a lead on the Nickelodeon comedy series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn before being cast as a series regular on ABC’s A Million Little Things, which ran five seasons, playing Sophie Dixon. She’s repped by Verve Talent and Literary Agency, Brave Artists Management, & Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.
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