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Watch A Preview Of AMC's New Civil War-Themed Drama "Hell On Wheels" (Common Co-Stars)

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 3, 2011 9:10 AM
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Well, this was unexpected!

Below you'll find our first look at the upcoming new AMC post-Civil War drama series titled Hell On Wheels, one of 7 or so Civil War-themed projects (TV and film) currently in development at various studios.

This one co-stars rapper-turned-actor Common, who plays a character named Elam - a freed, bi-racial slave who heads west to find work, while also hoping to find his place in society, as he doesn’t feel that he fits squarely into either the “black world” or the “white world.”

The series is being billed as a Western, and centers on a former soldier in the Confederate Army who, in searching for the Union soldiers who killed his wife, finds his way to a lawless town called Hell on Wheels, and to the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.

As TV Guide states, it "will explore what immigrants went through, the problems faced by newly emancipated blacks, and the greed and corruption involved with the making of the railroad.

I've enjoyed most of AMC's original programming lately, but this isn't one that's high on my list to see.

It's scheduled to debut this fall.

Watch the preview trailer below for a glimpse:

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  • blakdiamon | May 4, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    I must have misread the past articles on this because I thought Common was the star of the show. I was keeping my eye out for this but this preview doesn't excite me. I'm tired of Hollywood's fetish (for lack of a better word) for Confederate Soldiersl

  • dcmoviegirl | May 4, 2011 6:55 AMReply


    It's about romanticizing the losers....

    And believe it or not, not every Confederate was complicit with slavery and not every Union soldier was in it to fight against it.

  • tolly devlin | May 4, 2011 5:28 AMReply

    Amen to that !!

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