Netflix has become well-known in recent years for their popular original series, like House of Cards and Stranger Things, and the streaming platform is making more moves into original films as well, with 80 new movies planned for 2018. Now, Netflix is also gearing up for its first original limited series, a Western starring Jeff Daniels and Jack O’Connell.
Godless is executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and was created by longtime screenwriter Scott Frank.
Daniels stars as a notorious criminal named Frank Griffin who is leading his gang of outlaws on a mission of revenge against O’Connell’s character, Roy Goode.
A former member of the gang who has since betrayed them, Goode ends up taking refuge in the small New Mexico town of La Belle.
He hides out in the isolated mining community with Alice Fletcher, a widower played by Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery.
When the townspeople learn that Griffin and his gang are headed their way, they band together to protect their small frontier village.
In addition to Daniels, O’Connell, and Dockery, there are a number of well-known and respected actors and actresses filling out the cast.
Among them are Scoot McNairy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Merritt Weaver, Rob Morgan, Sam Waterston, Kim Coates, and Christopher Fitzgerald.
As a limited series, Godless occupies an unusual spot on the television landscape, with its six episodes making it longer than a typical miniseries.
Still, it is not intended as an ongoing series, with the entire story playing out during the six episodes and no further installments planned.
Frank wrote and directed all six episodes after partnering with Soderbergh, who directed Frank’s 1998 adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Out of Sight.
In 2007, Frank made his directorial debut on The Lookout and returned to direct 2014’s A Walk Amongst the Tombstones; he also wrote both films. Godless will arrive on Netflix on November 22, 2017.