Laura Ramsey To Star In NBC’s ‘The Sixth Gun’ TV Pilot
It looks like fans finally have a human face to place with Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's cursed comic book weapon. Laura Ramsey (The Ruins) has officially been cast as Becky Montcrief, the female lead in NBC's upcoming TV pilot based on The Sixth Gun, Oni Press's supernatural western comic created by Bunn and Hurtt.
Ramsey joins some other recent casting additions, including W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as the main antagonist General Hume, Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) as his evil lieutenant, and Aldis Hodge (Leverage) as Agent Mercer, a PI looking for the eponymous gun.The Sixth Gun follows the story of Becky Montcrief, who acquires one of six uniquely cursed guns and must then fight alongside a roguish gunslinger Drake Sinclair against the undead Confederate General Hume who seeks the weapons to destroy the world.
Beyond the upcoming NBC pilot, the comic's had quite a bit of success of late. In addition to its 29 and counting ongoing issues, The Sixth Gun's garnered a spin-off written by Bunn and Hurtt and featuring art by Brian Churilla, The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun, which spotlights previous owners of the magical pistols.
While the recent casting announcements have locked in a significant portion of the cast, the actors playing male co-protagonist, Drake Sinclair, and the female antagonist, and General Hume's wife, Missy Hume, remain to be announced.
Initially announced last month, the pilot is set to be directed by Jefferey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) and written by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal. It's currently planned for 2013/2014, but as demonstrated by the Locke and Key and Powers pilots, a show's fate is never certain at this stage.
In the meantime, interested readers can find the comic at your local comic shop, through Comixology, or read the entire first issue for free right here.