Netflix has picked up a new period series, starring Game of Thrones‘ Jason Momoa. According to Deadline, the streaming service acquired Frontier, a Canadian action adventure drama set in the late 18th century.
The series will center on the North American fur trade of that time, including all of the chaos, power struggles, and violence that it entailed. Tension between native tribes and Europeans will also be a part of the story, which will be told from multiple perspectives. Viewers should expect some gore, because this was apparently a time of brutal conflict (that included hatchet fights, no less). Frontier co-stars Zoe Boyle (Downtown Abbey), Alun Armstrong (New Tricks), Landon Liborion (Hemlock Grove), Allan Howco (Republic of Doyle), and Jessica Matten.
Momoa previously starred on the TV series Stargate Atlantis from 2005-2009 and appeared on HBO’s Game of Thrones for 10 episodes, playing the warrior Khal Drogo. The actor stars in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Bad Batch, both due out in 2016. Given his resume, he’s clearly well prepared to take on yet another action adventure role.
Frontier comes from creators Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, and will be helmed by Brad Peyton, the director of 2015’s San Andreas. The three will also executive produce, along with Jeff Fierson, Alex Patrick, and John Vatcher. The series is being produced by Take the Shot Productions and Factory Backwards, in association with Discovery and Netflix. Frontier was commissioned by Discovery Canada and will be the channel’s first original scripted series when it airs.
Viewers in Canada will have to wait for the show to air on Discovery before it becomes available on Netflix in 2018. For subscribers outside the country, however, Frontier will premiere exclusively on the streamer in 2016.