Epix on Wednesday unveiled a first look at “Billy the Kid,” an upcoming series about cowboy, gunslinger and American folk legend William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid.
Written by “Vikings” and “The Tudors” creator Michael Hurst, “Billy the Kid” stars Tom Blyth as Billy and Daniel Webber as fellow outlaw and Seven Rivers Gang leader Jesse Evans.
In the clip, Billy pulls up into a shadowy saloon on horseback. He dismounts and walks slowly up to the bartender, who asks if he wants a drink. Billy says, “Not yet” and slowly turns to look over his shoulder, giving a first look at his face.
The season will feature eight hour-long episodes and will premiere in 2022. The epic romantic adventure series will follow William H. Bonney from his Irish roots, to his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger in the American frontier, to his pivotal role in the Lincoln County War and beyond.
It will also cover the his relationship with Jesse Evans, already a small-time criminal robbing stores and cattle rustling when they meet. Attracted to his wild and reckless character, Billy becomes his doppelganger of sorts and follows his lead into a life of crime.
Blyth, a relative newcomer, most recently featured in “The Gilded Age” and Terence Davies’ “Benediction,” both in 2021. Webber’s credits include “Escape From Pretoria” and “The Dirt.” “Billy The Kid” also stars Dakota Daulby, Chad Rook, Siobhan Williams, Shaun Benson, Zak Santiago, Nuria Vega, Horatio Walsh, Vincent James and Jonah Collier.
“Billy the Kid” is executive produced by Michael Hirst, Donald De Line for De Line Pictures, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television, Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture. “Billy the Kid” is a co-production between EPIX Studios and MGM International Television Productions, in association with Nordic Entertainment Groups streaming service Viaplay.