Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch to Star In Six-Part Scripted Event Series Based On the 1993 Waco, Texas Siege

October 26, 2016

New York, NY, October 26, 2016 – “Waco,” starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

"Waco" will forever change the way the dramatic siege will be viewed. The landmark series will be the definitive untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians. Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict - including surviving Branch Davidians, which has never been shared on television before - the stories are surprising in their stark contrast to the media narrative at the time, and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

“Waco” will be written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape”) and directed by John Erick Dowdle and will go into production next spring.

Shannon, (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Take Shelter”) a critically-acclaimed and Academy award®-nominated actor, will play lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner.

The role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, will be played by Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “John Carter,” “Lone Survivor”), one of Hollywood’s rising stars.

Shannon, Kitsch, and the Dowdle brothers will executive produce the series