Walking Dead universe actors Ryan Hurst and Michael Greyeyes join Kurt Sutter's western

The Abandons is an upcoming western series helmed by Sons of Anarchy's Kurt Sutter for Netflix.
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Variety reports that Ryan Hurst and Michael Greyeyes, both of whom are alums of The Walking Dead universe, have been cast in a new Netflix series, The Abandons. Hurst is known for his portrayal of Beta in The Walking Dead and Opie in Sons of Anarchy. Greyeyes starred in Fear the Walking Dead as Qaletaqa Walker and is also known for Taylor Sheridan's 1923 and Rutherford Falls.

Kurt Sutter, known for creating the series Sons of Anarchy for FX, came up with an idea for a western long before that series. Sutter serves as showrunner and executive producer for The Abandons, inspired by the origins of La Costa Nostra, a criminal society originating on the island of Sicily and dating back to the mid-19th century, often referred to as Mafia. The Western action drama is set in the 1850s and focuses on the conflicts between several outlaw groups from the Old West.

Hurst, Greyeyes, Michiel Huisman, and Toby Hemingway were recently announced for the cast. They join previously announced Lena Headey, who portrays Fiona Nolan, a devout Irish woman who adopts four orphans after learning she can never have children. Gillian Anderson, Lucus Till, and Aisling Franciosi portray the Van Ness family: Constance, Garret, and Trisha.

The series also stars Nick Robinson, Diana Silvers, Lamar Johnson, and Natalia del Riego. Starring in recurring roles are Brían F. O’Byrne, Clayton Cardenas, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Haig Sutherland, Jack Doolan, Jonathan Koensgen, Katelyn Wells, Marc Menchaca, Michael Ornstein, Patton Oswalt, and Sarah White.

The official synopsis of The Abandons

"As a group of diverse, outlier families pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon, a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, ‘justice’ is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law."


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