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Jeff Daniels Officially Joins in Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix Western, No Word on How Big His Cowboy Hat Will Be

Jeff Daniels, sans hat. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Netflix has roughly a billion TV shows in development, but here’s a real doozy for you: Jeff Daniels (your dad’s friend from The Newsroom) and Scott McNairy (your cool friend’s friend from Halt and Catch Fire) are in talks to join Scott Frank’s Netflix Western series, Godless, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. Godless takes place in an 1800s mining town in New Mexico. Frank (who collaborated with Soderbergh on Out of Sight) is writing, directing, and executive producing the project, which is being called a “limited period-drama series,” a collection of words that means nothing except that the show will last as long Frank wants, thank you very much. Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) is already in the cast. Get them all some vests and hats!

Update, June 13: The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Daniels has joined the project and throws another name in the mix: Merritt Wever (of The Walking Dead, Nurse Jackie, and the best Emmy speech ever). The story follows Frank Griffin (Daniels) who’s hunting down the outlaw Roy Goode (O’Connell) and ends up in the town of La Belle, where all the men have died in a mining accident. Wever plays Mary Agnes, widow of the late mayor of La Belle. Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) fill out the cast.

Jeff Daniels Joins Frank’s Netflix Western