With music from the two time Grammy Award and Golden Globe winning music producer, Hans Zimmer, HISTORY brings you Sons of Liberty. This series follows a defiant and radical group of young men–Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren, as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation. Before America was one nation, an aging generation of British loyalists maintained diplomacy with the King, but a defiant and radical group of young men would band together in secrecy to change the course of history. Sam Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold. Together, they were The Sons of Liberty. Though their names have become American legend, few realise that this group of young radicals didn't start as noble patriots. They were a new American generation of young men from varied backgrounds trying to figure out what to do with their lives. What began as a small testing of authority would become an underground protest movement, inciting the British to respond with totalitarian tactics, cracking down on the colonies and instituting a near police state to maintain order. But after blood was spilled at the Boston Massacre, the Sons of Liberty rallied support for a larger cause. The Sons became guerilla warriors working underground, establishing spy networks, stockpiling weapons and planning covert actions - from the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, that would lead to a declaration of independence and the greatest fight for freedom the world has ever seen. The Sons of Liberty led the revolution before the war and their fight became a nation.
The unofficial colonial representative to parliament, Franklin is constantly explaining Sam’s misdeeds. But his advocacy for leniency with the colonists doesn’t endear him to the Crown. When the Sons of Liberty push too hard, Franklin is banished and he returns to Philadelphia after 12 years. Soon these same men that forced his exit from London are at his door enlisting his help in rallying the colonies.
Best known as the relentless DEA Agent Hank Schrader, Dean Norris is a fan favorite on the critically acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad. No stranger to accolades, the show has won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards over its five seasons.
In 2013 the show won its first Best Drama Series Emmy and in 2014 the show was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a Best Drama Series Emmy. This summer, Norris returned to his role as “Big Jim” in Season 2 of the Stephen King and Steven Spielberg hit CBS series Under the Dome.
He recently wrapped production on Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember alongside Christopher Plummer. A native of South Bend, Indiana, he is a graduate of Harvard University and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Norris currently resides with his family outside of Los Angeles.
General Thomas Gage was a brutal man who is sent by the King to handle the unrest in Boston by any means necessary. Gage puts the city on lockdown, instructing his men to crack down on any signs of resistance. The brutal tactics he employs put the city on edge and his soldiers actions ultimately light the fuse on a rebellion that cannot be stopped.
Marton Csokas most recently starred as the lead of The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz and Melissa Leo. He played a brutal fixer for the Russian mafia and a formidable villain to Washington’s heroic “Robert McCall.” Earlier this year, Csokas appeared in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah as well as Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel to the 2005 hit film Sin City.
Csokas also played the psychiatrist, “Dr. Kafka,” in the hit movie sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Csokas perhaps most famously starred as “Lord Celeborn” in one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of his other film credits include 2010’s The Debt opposite Jessica Chastain and Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy alongside Matt Damon.
His depth of experience is illustrated in Asylum in which he starred opposite Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, as well as the Ridley Scott epic, Kingdom of Heaven, with Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson. Csokas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama, Acting, from Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa, The New Zealand Drama School.
General George Washington is an intense military veteran. A former British Army officer, he has become a farmer in Virginia and one of the most respected men in his colony. When he’s called to the First Continental Congress and meets Sam, his advice sets some of the groundwork for what will become the legendary Colonial Army.
Jason O’Mara most recently starred in the CBS series, Vegas, opposite Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss. Prior TV credits include FOX’s science-fiction drama, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Terra Nova and ABC’s Life on Mars, for which O’Mara received critical accolades for his performance.
He has also recurred on several hit television series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Men in Trees, The Closer and The Good Wife. O’Mara can next be seen as “Dr. John Ellis” in the USA series Complications, created by Matt Nix.
OMara made his feature film debut opposite Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction back in 2007. He has also landed roles in One for the Money, starring alongside Katherine Heigl, and the Sony Pictures comedy, In a World.
John Adams is a lawyer, a scholar and the most educated of the Sons of Liberty. He’s also uniquely acquainted with Sam, his cousin. He initially refuses to be drawn in by Sam because he believed in the rule of law above all else. But once the fighting starts, resulting in the casualties on the streets of Boston, he can no longer turn a blind eye and John eventually joins forces with the Sons.
Henry Thomas has developed an extensive and diverse list of film and television credits throughout his career. Best remembered for his playing the role of “Elliott,” the young boy opposite the famous extra-terrestrial in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Henry’s performance earned him several award nominations such as a Golden Globe, Saturn Award and BAFTA nominations in 1983 as well as winning a Young Artist Award for “Best Young Motion Picture Actor” in 1983.
He was also nominated for a 1995 Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie” for his role as “Ray Buckey” in HBO’s Indictment: The McMartin Trial. Earlier this year, Henry starred in ABC’s drama Betrayal opposite Stuart Townsend and James Cromwell. He also starred as the legendary “Hank Williams” in Mozark Productions independent film The Last Ride opposite Jesse James and Kaley Cuoco.
In 2013, Henry starred in Michael Polish’s Big Sur opposite Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth and Radha Mitchell. The Jack Kerouac biopic premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Henry started out his film career landing the role of “Harry” in Raggedy Man and since then has done studio films like Dear John, Cloak and Dagger, All the Pretty Horses opposite Matt Damon, Legends of the Fall opposite Brad Pitt as well as Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, but also independent features such as Don’t Look Up, Red Velvet, Suicide Kings, Niagara Niagara, Dead Birds and The Legend of Hell’s Gate.
John Hancock is the wealthiest man in Boston, a loyalist who has made a fortune as a shipping merchant through a somewhat dubious deal he has struck with the Governor. When Sam starts to stir up trouble, it’s the Governor himself who turns to Hancock for help. But the relationship sours when Hancock oversteps his authority. The tables turn when the British try to crack down on Hancock’s fleet, seizing his ships. He’s forced to seek Sam’s help as they form a partnership that will forever shape the world as we know it.
Rafe Spall has most recently been seen on Broadway in Mike Nichols’ revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opposite Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz that Scott Rudin produced. In 2012, on the heels of a starring role in Ridley Scott’s box office smash Prometheus alongside Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, Rafe starred in the lead role of Dan Mazar’s romantic comedy I Give it a Year alongside Simon Baker, Rose Byrne and Anna Faris.
In 2011, Rafe was seen on cinema screens in Roland Emmerich’s controversial feature Anonymous, playing “Shakespeare” in an historical thriller tackling the theory that the plays were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. Rafe’s television career has been prolific. He starred on the popular Channel 4 series Pete Vs Life in which his lead character tackles life’s dilemmas to the backdrop of sports style commentating.
He also starred in The Shadow Line, a thrilling six part drama for the BBC in which his portrayal of “Jay Wratten” won him the “best supporting actor” award at the Crime Thriller Awards 2011. He played alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston and Lesley Sharp.
Second in command of the British forces in the Colonies, Pitcairn is forced to carry out some of the most brutal of General Gage’s tactics. Even though he detests some of the tasks he’s asked to execute, he does them and does them well.
Kevin Ryan is most known for his role on the BBC America series Copper as Detective Francis Maguire. Ryan can soon be seen in the thriller Tripping Tommy, his first major American role directed by the award-winning Philippe Caland. Ryan’s also stars as an international pop star in Songs for Amy, directed by Konrad Begg.
Born in Dublin, Ireland to a family of eighth-generation stonecutters, Ryan was set to continue in the family business. Although he completed his apprenticeship, his own interests leaned more towards the arts, where he harbored a love of Shakespeare, professional dancing and active sports. Hailed as Ireland’s newest emerging star he’s also been voted one of Ireland’s sexiest men for two consecutive years. Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
History has largely forgotten the good doctor. Warren was a man of conscience and integrity who was connected to many influential Bostonians on both sides of the conflict. A lifelong acquaintance of Sam Adams, he was also the physician who attended to General Gage and his wife. Sam and his fellow Sons of Liberty see the advantage to the proximity and enlist Warren. The good doctor eventually becomes privy to some of the most important information of the war and uses it to supply intelligence on the British.
Ryan James Eggold, can currently be seen starring opposite James Spader as the enigmatic “Tom Keen” on the hit NBC drama The Blacklist. Eggold graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in 2002, where he discovered his love of theater arts and later graduated from USC’s theatre program in 2006. He is an arts aficionado and an accomplished musician, singer, director and playwright.
Post-college, Eggold booked recurring roles on CBS’s Young and the Restless, HBO’s Entourage, Cartoon Network’s Out of Jimmy’s Head, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and The CW’s Veronica Mars, before obtaining his first series regular role on the FX’s Dirt opposite Courtney Cox. Following that he booked his breakout role on television playing English teacher Ryan Matthews in 90210, the CW spin-off of FOX’s Beverly Hills, 90210.
Recently wrapped film projects include a role opposite Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and the 2015 release Fathers and Daughters opposite Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul. He was most recently seen in Single Mom’s Club with Amy Smart and starred opposite Toni Collette in Lucky Them which premiered at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival. Eggold wrote and performed his own songs for the film in which he pays a struggling musician. Eggold splits his time between LA and New York, where The Blacklist is filmed.
Margaret Gage is stuck in a miserable marriage to General Thomas Gage that is abusive and adulterous. Born in New Jersey, Margaret, unlike her husband, is overjoyed to be back in America. She soon develops a friendship with Dr. Warren that grows over time. Eventually Margaret provides the Sons of Liberty with some of their most useful intelligence in their early clashes with the British.
Emily Berrington is best known for her roles as “Katie” in films The Inbetweeners 2 and “Allie” in the thriller The Last Showing, both released in 2014. She can also be seen in the 2013 film The Look of Love.
Her television credits also include the buzzed about 24: Live Another Day opposite Kiefer Sutherland, Outnumbered and The White Queen.
Paul Revere is an accidental addition to the Sons of Liberty. When the group rents his shop from the disgruntled veteran of the Seven Years War, he gets caught up in their anti-authoritarian rhetoric. Before he knows it, Paul is one of the men who pushes back the hardest against the crown, and along the way he makes a ride from Boston to Lexington and then to Concord, one of the most famous stories in our country’s history.
Actor Michael Raymond-James will next be seen starring in the indie film, Road to Paloma, opposite Jason Momoa. The film will be receiving distribution by Anchor Bay Films on July 11th. Additionally, he has completed production on drama The Salvation with Eva Green and Mads Mikkelson.
Raymond-James’ recently ended a series regular run on ABC’s Once Upon a Time opposite Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison. Previous to this, he led the cast of Sean Ryan’s Terriers, opposite Donal Logue for FX. Raymond-James made his feature film debut in Black Snake Moan with Christina Ricci and Samuel Jackson. He was last seen in director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise.
Other film credits include Moonlight Serenade, starring as a piano prodigy opposite Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams, and Jonny Hirschbein’s award winning short film The Fix, working alongside Robert Patrick and David Paymer. He just finished shooting the film The Salvation alongside Eva Green. Next he will be shooting The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.
A natural-born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief, Sam Adams is a man full of bright ideas and colourful opinions, but his compassion betrays his work ethic and he loses money as fast as he acquires it. This son of Boston accidentally sets in motion the revolution while trying to clear his debts and the unrest he triggers leads to unexpected consequences. Turning tragedy into triumph was a strong suit of Sam’s, and together with the other Sons of Liberty, he becomes the main leader of what will become the American resistance.
Ben Barnes is one of Hollywood’s most diverse and charismatic actors. Barnes may be best known for his role as “Prince Caspian” in the international hit franchise The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the books by C.S. Lewis. Barnes portrayed the heroic Prince Caspian in both The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Upcoming, Barnes will next be seen starring in By the Gun, an independent crime thriller set in the world of the Boston mafia. The cast includes Harvey Keitel, Tobey Jones and Leighton Meister. Millennium Entertainment will release the film in December 2014. Next year, Barnes takes the lead yet again in the legendary epic Seventh Son opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
The film is scheduled for release by Universal on February 6, 2015. Barnes has also wrapped production on the independent feature Jackie and Ryan, opposite Katherine Heigl. The film was directed by Ami Kaan Ran and recently screened at the Venice Film Festival. Barnes credits include Big Wedding, Killing Bono, Easy Virtue, Dorian Grey, Locked In, The Words, Bigga than Ben and Stardust. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sam Adams, brilliant, but deeply in debt, incites the anger of the British crown after accidentally provoking the destruction of the royal governor's mansion. He turns to wealthy socialite, John Hancock, for help. Together, they establish an ingenious black market smuggling operation in Boston, but it is swiftly shut down.