As the nation approaches the 25th anniversary of the federal siege on cult leader David Koresh‘s Branch Davidian compound that ended in flames and lives lost, the Paramount Network is offering viewers their first extended look at their six-part limited series Waco.
The series is set to be executive produced by Weinstein Television, written by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) and Drew Dowdle (As Above, So Below) and directed by Erick Dowdle for a January 2018 release.
Here’s the official trailer from the Paramount Network:
“You’ve looked to me to be your leader, to guide you on this journey. But I’m no leader. I’m a follower, just like you. God has instructed me to stay here and wait for his sign. This is our time to prove through suffering that we’re worthy of the miracle that’s to come.”
Koresh (Taylor Kitsch) and his followers were involved in a nearly two-month standoff with the FBI and ATF outside of Waco, Texas, in 1993. The confrontation began with a shootout that left four federal agents and six Branch Davidians dead, ending tragically and controversially 51 days later. Feds stormed the compound and it burned to the ground, killing more than 75 men, women, and children.
The six-part event series also stars Michael Shannon (Midnight Special), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), Rory Culkin (Sneaky Pete), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Paul Sparks (House of Cards), Shea Whigham (The Wolf of Wall Street), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), and Julia Garner (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
Waco is based on news reports and footage taken at the time, as well as two biographies: A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the final fire on April 19th, 1993; and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit Gary Noesner.