ITV has acquired all three seasons of US Western drama series Hell on Wheels.
The series will air on ITV4 this summer and centres on the settlement that accompanied the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, referred to as “Hell on Wheels” by those working on it.
Anson Mount (Straw Dogs, Cook County) plays a Confederate soldier who arrives in Hell on Wheels in an attempt to track down and extract revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife.
The series also stars Common (New Year’s Eve, Date Night) as Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice.
Former Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek The Next Generation star Colm Meaney also appears as Thomas “Doc” Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times.
ITV’s Sasha Breslau said “We are delighted to have this intriguing, superbly produced drama on ITV4 – Hell On Wheels is a compelling, contemporary Western and we hope our viewers will enjoy the journey.”