Val Kilmer ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), Steve Zahn ("Rescue Dawn"), Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Rachel Griffiths ("Hilary and Jackie," "Six Feet Under"), Karl Urban ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Linda Cardellini ("ER"), Elizabeth Banks ("The 40 Year Old Virgin") and Wes Studi ("Into The West") star in COMANCHE MOON, a new six-hour mini-series based on the book by Larry McMurtry, the prequel to McMurtry's bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Lonesome Dove, which was the basis for the multiple Emmy Award-winning mini-series "Lonesome Dove," to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 30, Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the writers and executive producer and producer, respectively, of the feature film "Brokeback Mountain," are the executive producers and writers.
COMANCHE MOON, the last book in the "Lonesome Dove" saga to be made into a movie, follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life – Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini), and Call with Maggie Tilton (Banks), the young prostitute who loves him. Kilmer plays Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War. Griffiths plays Inez Scull, the Captain's sexy wife who doesn't hesitate to fill her time with other men when he's away from home. Wes Studi plays Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump.
Two proud but very different men, McCrae and Call enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf (Jonathon Joss, "Into the West"), the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and Ahumado (Sal Lopez, "The Astronaut Farmer"), a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for slow torture. Assisting the Rangers in their wild chase is the renowned Kickapoo tracker Famous Shoes (David Midthunder, "Into the West"). They are joined by their comrades-in-arms, Deets (Keith Robinson, "Dreamgirls"), Jake Spoon (Ryan Merriman, "The Ring Two") and Pea Eye Parker (Troy Baker, "Striking Range"), in the bitter struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life. The Rangers also encounter Buffalo Hump's violent outcast son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit").