First Look At AMC's Post-Civil War Drama <i>Hell On Wheels</i>

AMC has premiered the first trailer for its eagerly awaited (by me, at least) Western drama Hell on Wheels. I was expecting something akin to HBO's Deadwood, but this teaser strikes a different, and more traditional, tone.

Created by brothers Joe and Tony Gayton and developed by reality-show producer Endemol USA, Hell on Wheels centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Conviction's Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The series also stars Common (Terminator Salvation), Dominique McElligott (Moon), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Layer Cake), Ben Esler (The Pacific), Philip Burke (Law & Order, Mercy) and Eddie Spears (Into the West).

The cable network has yet to announce a premiere date.

Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

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