THE SON: Sam Neill Cast as Lead in New AMC Series


Sam Neill has joined the new AMC series THE SON in the lead role.

THE SON is based on Philipp Meyer’s novel and the show will be a multi-generational telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the rise and fall of one Texas family.

“Neill will portray Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. He was born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, earning the nickname “First Son of Texas” and is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy.”

Also appearing in the series is:

  • Henry Garrett as Pete McCullough, the eldest son of Eli. “He grew up in Eli’s shadow and struggles to make his impossible father proud while still forging his own identity”, according to AMC. 
  • Zahn McClarnon portrays Toshaway, a Comanche war chief who captures young Eli and becomes his father figure.
  • Paola Nunez will play Maria Garcia, whose family is the last of the wealthy Spanish aristocracy in South Texas. She is college educated and a woman ahead of her time.
  • Sydney Lucas, rounds out the cast in the role of Jeannie McCullough, the strong-willed tomboy daughter of Pete. “Despite coming up in a male-dominated world, she rejects her fate of existing solely to marry well and bear children.”


“This is an incredibly talented cast, led by the remarkable Sam Neill, and we can’t wait to see them embody these characters and give life to this unforgettable story,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

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