'Lonesome Dove' Prequel 'Comanche Moon' Miniseries Coming to CBS in January

Starring Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Karl Urban and Elizabeth Banks.

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.

"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").

Val Kilmer is well-known to movie audiences for his role as Jim Morrison in the feature film "The Doors." His other feature film credits include "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," Batman Forever, Tombstone, The Saint, Heat, True Romance, Willow, At First Sight, "Thunderheart", Alexander, Mindhunters, The Missing, Blind Horizon, Stateside and Wonderland. During the production of Wonderland. Kilmer began a photography project which yielded a behind-the-scenes pictorial book. His photographs were also exhibited in several cities in the United States. His television credits include the series "Numb3rs," on the Network, and "Entourage."

Steve Zahn's extensive feature film credits include Rescue Dawn, "Happy, Texas", Out of Sight, Riding in Cars with Boys, That Thing You Do!, Sahara, Bandidas, SubUrbia, Shattered Glass, "Daddy Daycare", National Security, Hamlet, Joy Ride, "You've Got Mail" and "The Object of My Affection". On television, he guest starred in an episode of "Friends."

Rachel Griffiths was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the feature film "Hilary and Jackie". She was nominated for Emmy Awards for the television series "Six Feet Under" and "Brothers and Sisters," and won a Golden Globe Award for "Six Feet Under", Her additional feature film credits include "Muriel's Wedding", "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Among Giants", Blow, "Very Annie Mary", "Me Myself I", The Rookie and "Ned Kelley".Her additional television credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Plainsong," on the Network.

Karl Urban's feature film credits include The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Ghost Ship. His television credits include the series "Xena: Warrior Princess," "When Fates Collide," "Lifeblood" "and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys."

Linda Cardellini is well-known for her role as Nurse Samantha Taggart on the long-running hit series "ER." Her other television credits include "Freaks and Geeks," "The Twilight Zone," "Boy Meets World" and "Step by Step." Her feature film credits include "Brokeback Mountain", "American Gun", "Grandma's Boy", "Scooby-Doo" and "Legally Blonde".

Elizabeth Banks can be seen in a recurring role on the series "Scrubs." Her additional television credits include the series "Without a Trace," on the Network, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Sex and the City" and "Third Watch." She appeared as Betty Brant in "Spider-Man", "Spider-Man 2" and "Spider-Man 3." Her other feature film credits include The 40 Year Old Virgin, "Catch Me If You Can", "Daltry Calhoun" and "Sexual Life".

Wes Studi's television credits include the mini-series "Into the West" and "Streets of Laredo" as well as the television movies "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," "A Thief of Time," "Coyote Waits," "The Lone Ranger," "Crazy Horse" and "The Broken Chain." His feature film credits include "Road to Redemption", "Christmas in the Clouds", "The Killing Jar", Heat, "The Last of the Mohicans", "The Doors", "Dances with Wolves" and "Powwow Highway".

Larry McMurtry was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1971 screenplay for "The Last Picture Show". The feature films "Hud", which won three Academy Awards, and "Terms of Endearment", which won five Academy Awards, were both adapted from his novels. He won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for "Lonesome Dove." With Diana Ossana, he recently won the Academy Award (Adapted Screenplay) and Golden Globe Award (Best Screen Play Motion Picture) for "Brokeback Mountain".

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