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Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad' to play Ben Franklin in History's 'Sons of Liberty'

6/18/2014
Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad' to play Ben Franklin in History's 'Sons of Liberty' © AP / Dean Norris Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad' to play Ben Franklin in History's 'Sons of Liberty'

By L.A. Ross
TheWrap

"Breaking Bad" and "Under the Dome" star Dean Norris leads an ensemble cast in History's new six-hour scripted miniseries "Sons of Liberty," the network said Wednesday.

Norris will play Benjamin Franklin in the series, which tells the story of the men who sparked the American Revolution. The actor is joined by Ben Barnes ("The Chronicles of Narnia") as Samuel Adams, Henry Thomas (ABC's "Betrayal") as John Adams, Michael Raymond James (HBO's "True Blood") as Paul Revere, Rafe Spall ("Prometheus," "Life of Pi") as John Hancock, and Ryan Eggold (NBC's "The Black List") as Joseph Warren.

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Also in the cast are Marton Csokas, who recently appeared in Discovery Channel's scripted miniseries "Klondike," as General Thomas Gage and Emily Berrington (Fox's "24: Live Another Day") as his wife, Margaret.

"From the Boston Tea Party to the Declaration of Independence, 'Sons of Liberty' will tell the rebellious story of America's greatest fight for freedom," History exec VP Dirk Hoogstra said in a statement. "History continues its commitment to bring viewers historical drama based on real events that have shaped our past, while capturing the spirit of the time. Adams, Hancock, Revere, are famous names in our history books, and 'Sons of Liberty will bring their stories to life."

"Sons of Liberty" is produced for History by Stephen David Entertainment and A+E Studios. Russ McCarroll and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers for History, and Matthew Gross and Stephen David — who also wrote the miniseries with David C. White — executive produce for Stephen David Entertainment.

Kari Skogland ("Boardwalk Empire," "Vikings") is set to direct.

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