By Evan DeSimone
Netflix has added another item to its growing slate of originals with the pickup of “Frontier,” starring Jason Momoa.
Netflix will stream the series in all of its global regions, with the exception of Canada, starting in 2016. “Frontier” was originally developed by Discovery Canada which retains the local broadcast and streaming rights for the show through 2018 at which point they will revert to Netflix. Until that time, Discovery will air the series in Canada.
The six-episode period drama casts Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) as an 18th Century fur trader. The story is told from multiple perspectives and features both the violent struggle for control over the lucrative North American fur trade and the conflict between settlers, European traders and native tribes. Momoa will be joined in the cast by Alun Armstrong (“Braveheart”), Landon Liboiron (“Degrassi”), Zoe Boyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Allan Hawco (“Republic of Doyle,”) and Canadian actress Jessica Matten.
The show will be helned by director Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) and executive produced by creators Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie of Take The Shot Productions, along with Jeff Fierson, Alex Patrick and John Vatcher of the prodco Factory Backwards.