History is moving forward with Sons of Liberty, setting an all-star cast for its six-hour miniseries.
The Revolutionary War miniseries, first announced more than a year ago, follows a defiant and radical group of young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren — as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.
Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) stars as Sam Adams, a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief; Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) is set as Joseph Warren, a doctor and man of conscience and integrity; Michael Raymond James (Once Upon a Time) is Paul Revere, a veteran who wholeheartedly joins forces with Adams; Rafe Spall (Prometheus) will portray John Hancock, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time; and Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York) is John Adams, a lawyer and the conservative, smart cousin of Sam Adams. Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) will be Gen. Thomas Gage, who is sent to handle the unrest in Boston with a military response; Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day) will be Margaret Gage; and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome) rounds out the cast as the brilliant yet mischievous diplomat Benjamin Franklin.
Hans Zimmer will create the title theme for the miniseries, which begins production in the summer. Sons of Liberty hails from A+ E Studios and Stephen David Entertainment, the production company behind History’s The Men Who Built America, its eight-hour mini that focused on John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan).
In Toronto on Wednesday for the Shaw Media UpFront presentation to advertisers, Boone and Eggold sat down with Global News to talk about season one and what might be ahead.
Did you know from the beginning that Tom wasn’t who he appeared to be?
Megan Boone: I knew about the Tom reveal and that made it a very unique experience because when you know all along what’s coming you have to play against that a little bit.
Ryan Eggold: There were different incarnations of Tom. I knew there was something coming and then as the season went on it sort of took shape and was constantly shifting in a great way.
Do you think Tom really wanted to have a baby with Liz or was it only part of his cover?
RE: That’s a great question that I haven’t thought about. There’s two possibilities. One is that he only wanted it as a manipulation to keep her closer, to make their bond tighter. The other thing is that he genuinely wanted it. Both of which are interesting.
MB: It was his job, like he said in one of the episodes. His job was to make Liz feel like everything was OK, everything was going fine. She built a life and he was very cognizant of what kind of life she wanted to build so he catered to that in every way possible.
Besides being the best new drama on broadcast TV this season, NBC’s “The Blacklist” also includes its most intriguing commercial.
Both should be on display Monday at 10 p.m. when “The Blacklist” airs its season finale.
While the ad is somewhat less noteworthy than the show itself, it’s eyecatching because it smashes almost every barrier between show and commercial.
It’s a Ford Mustang spot, which has run for several weeks and features Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom Keen on “The Blacklist.”
On the show, Keen has seemed to be a ruthless operative who seduces star Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) into marrying him so he can glean information about her work as a government agent.
Tom kills people. He admits he lied to Elizabeth and has used her. Yet the last time we saw them together, after he had slugged her, handcuffed her to a banister and backed out a door while pointing a gun at her, he also said, “I’m not the bad guy here.”
Imagine what a real bad guy might have done.