Alternate history Sixth Gun finds its Becky

Posted by CB Droege

Laura Ramsey takes the lead in this supernatural alternate history serial.

The Sixth Gun takes place during the heart of the American Civil War, but focuses on an underground world of artifacts and superpowers, sort of like a Warehouse 13: 1860’s Edition. There are many parties vying for that gun, among other artifacts, and gunfighter and scoundrel, Drake Sinclair, and a young girl, Becky Montcrief get caught in the crossfire when Becky comes into custody of a strange gun that summons dark spirits. She is then inadvertently, permanently bound to it - the two face off against a band of inhuman eccentrics, led by the General, an undying nasty who wants nothing more than the return of his gun. 

The show, based on the comicbook of the same name was originally planned to run on Syfy, but when NBC Universal (who own Syfy) saw how well Revolution has done, they decided to bump it up to a main network production. The pilot was written by novice Ryan Condal, and will be directed by network veteran Jeffrey Reiner, who recently worked on Awake for NBC, which only reached a single season.

The studio has cast Laura Ramsey in the role of Becky. Ramsey may be recognized from her role in the 2008 horror thriller The Ruins, though it was critically panned, it had a small fan following. She hasn’t done anything particularly visible since then. It’s a strange casting decision, considering that she supposed to be playing a teenager, but I guess she doesn’t really look all of her 30 years.

We’ve also got news that the zombified villain, General Oliander Hume, will be played by W. Earl Brown, who you might recognize as having played Dan Dority on Deadwood. Other filled roles include Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) as Silas Hedgepeth, one of the villain’s henchmen, and Aldis Hodge (Leverage) as Mr. Mercer, a rival to Drake Sinclair.

The only main role left to cast, it seems, is that of Drake. There is no word on who may be up for the part. The first issue of The Sixth Gun, the comic book, has been made available for free after the development of the show was announced. The pilot episode is expected to air this fall on NBC.