British gentleman-detectives are all well and good. I mean who doesn’t like to see Holmes and Watson running hither and thither in a never-ending game of genius cat and hyper-intelligent mouse? It’s just that sometimes you want something a little more rough and tumble. Something like the American detective. No, not those nancy city-cops that tend to dominate the genre. I’m talking about a plain-talking, no-bs-taking, sheriff of the American West. Which is exactly why I am ready for Longmire.
As you may have guessed, Longmire is based on the popular Walt Longmire mysteries by Craig Johnson. I am excited about this series for a few reasons besides just “I like the book”. First, it’s continuing the Justified trend of taking TV crime out of the city (I mean everyone knows that cities can be rough, but the sticks can be just as fun…I mean dangerous). Second, A&E is doing the series and they rarely disappoint in terms of a well written show. But, most importantly I am excited about the cast.
Playing Walt Longmire is Australian actor Robert Taylor (pictured above). You may or may not have caught Taylor in his role as Agent Jones in The Matrix. But he has had numerous other roles associated with the crime genere including an Austiralian produced feature-length movie about Ned Kelly (think the Australian Jessie James) starring Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and the late Heath Ledger.
Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame will be playing Deputy Vic Moretti. If you missed her as the new Starbuck, you may have caught her in the final season of 24, or as a recent recurring character on CBS’s CSI.
Playing Henry Standing Bear is none other than Lou Diamond Phillips. Phillips has played everything from an outlaw running with Billy the Kid to a tribal sheriff on a reservation.
Rounding out the cast is Baily Chase from Saving Grace and Cassidy Freeman from Smallville as Turk and Cady.
They’re shooting, but it’s not clear when the new show will hit the air. What do you think? Can you think of anyone else that would have been in your dream cast?