‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa Is Netflix’s Latest Star
Jason Momoa already has a lot on his plate, having signed on to play Aquaman in both the upcoming Justice League films and the character’s solo comic book flick. But now he’s adding another notable gig to his full schedule: a new Netflix series entitled Frontiers.
According to TVLine, the streaming service has issued a six-episode series order to the action-adventure drama, with Momoa in the lead. The show will reportedly chronicle the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, the series will take place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.
Co-starring alongside Momoa is Alun Armstrong (New Tricks), Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), Allan Hawco (Republic Of Doyle), and Canadian newcomer Jessica Matten.
Meanwhile, San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton is on board to direct the series, which he also co-created alongside Rob Blackie (Republic of Doyle) and Peter Blackie (Majumder Manor). All three co-creators will serve as executive producers as well, along with Jeff Fierson (This Is Not A Robbery), Alex Patrick and John Vatcher (Republic Of Doyle).
The show was first commissioned by Discovery Canada as the channel’s first original scripted series. Netflix acquired the rights and will broadcast the series exclusively outside of Canada.
For Momoa, this is the second television project that he’s taken on since his season-long run on Game of Thrones. The actor also starred in Sundance’s small screen drama, The Red Road, which ran for two six-episode seasons from February 2014 to May of this year. He also appeared on a couple of episodes of Comedy Central’s Drunk History.
For the most part though, the actor has been placing the better part of his attention on feature films lately. Momoa has a slew of wide-ranging upcoming films set to premiere over the next year. He’s set to star in the thriller drama Sugar Mountain and the dystopian romance The Bad Batch, which is due out in 2016. Also hitting theaters next year is his comedy with Bruce Willis, Going Under.
But it’s his role as Aquaman that will obviously take up the most time. Momoa is set to make his debut as the comic book character in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’ll then reprise the role in the Justice League Part One, scheduled for 2017, and in the subsequent solo Aquaman movie in 2018.
As for Netflix, this is the second time the company has recently teamed with a Canadian channel to bring a show stateside. The streaming service also paired with CityTV on the Canadian sci-fi drama Between, which premiered earlier this year and has since been renewed for a second season.
Frontiers will premiere exclusively on Netflix (outside of Canada) in 2016. It will join a jam-packed slate of high profile new series that Netflix has scheduled to kick off next year, including Marvel’s Luke Cage, the Fuller House reboot, and the Ashton Kutcher series, The Ranch.