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[04/25/22 - 12:27 PM]
Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon and Emmy and Tony Award Winner John Leguizamo Will Reprise Their Roles in the Original Series "American Tragedies: Waco - The Trials" (Working Title)
New additions include Giovanni Ribisi, David Costabile, J. Smith Cameron, John Hoogenakker, Keean Johnson and Abbey Lee.

[via press release from MTV Entertainment Studios]

ACADEMY AWARD(R) NOMINEE MICHAEL SHANNON AND EMMY(R) AND TONY(R) AWARD WINNER JOHN LEGUIZAMO WILL REPRISE THEIR ROLES IN THE ORIGINAL SERIES "AMERICAN TRAGEDIES: WACO - THE TRIALS" (WORKING TITLE)

Additional Cast Includes Emmy Award Nominee Giovanni Ribisi, David Costabile, J. Smith Cameron, John Hoogenakker, Keean Johnson and Abbey Lee

Part Two Of The Limited Series Builds Off The Success of Paramount Network's Emmy(R)-Nominated Series "Waco"

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios

Monday, April 25, 2022 - MTV Entertainment Studios today announced that Academy Award(R) Nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road," "Nocturnal Animals") and Emmy(R) and Tony(R) Award Winner John Leguizamo ("When They See Us"), who received an Emmy nomination for his role in "Waco," will reprise their roles in the new original limited series "American Tragedies: Waco - The Trials" (WT). Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, the six-episode event will also feature Emmy nominee Giovanni Ribisi ("The Offer"), David Costabile ("Billions"), J. Smith Cameron ("Succession"), John Hoogenakker ("Dopesick"), Keean Johnson ("Euphoria") and Abbey Lee ("Lovecraft Country", "Neon Demon").

Building off the success of Paramount Network's Emmy-nominated series "Waco," "American Tragedies: Waco - The Trials" is executive produced by returning creators and showrunners Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle alongside Michael Shannon, Andrew Gettens and Lauren Mackenzie with David C. Glasser, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and Ron Burkle of 101 Studios.

"American Tragedies: Waco - The Trials" will explore the wide-ranging fallout succeeding the tragic events that took place in Waco, TX, and the uneven scales of justice the surviving Branch Davidians faced.

In February 1993, the eyes of the world converged on Mount Carmel, a small religious community located just outside Waco. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) had just conducted a massive raid on David Koresh and his followers, known as the Branch Davidians. After what became the longest gun battle in U.S. law enforcement history, four ATF agents and six civilians were dead and dozens more were wounded. A 51-day standoff ensued, and the conflict ended after an FBI assault led to a fire that engulfed Mount Carmel, killing 76 men, women and children. The cast of "American Tragedies: Waco - The Trials" includes:

· Michael Shannon will reprise his role as Gary Noesner, an FBI hostage negotiator who has PTSD from the failed negotiations with the Branch Davidians in Waco.

· John Leguizamo will reprise his role as Jacob Vasquez, an ATF agent who worked undercover during the lead up to Waco.

· Giovanni Ribisi will play Dan Cogdell, a top trial lawyer for the surviving Branch Davidians.

· David Costabile will play Judge Smith, who oversees the trial of Branch Davidians charged with conspiracy to murder federal agents.

· J. Smith Cameron will play Lois Roden, the leader and Prophetess of the Branch Davidians when Vernon Howell (young David Koresh) arrives.

· John Hoogenakker will play Clive Doyle, David Koresh's first follower within the Branch Davidians, who despite losing a daughter in the fire at Mount Carmel has unwavering faith and is determined for others to learn the "truth."

· Keean Johnson will play Vernon Howell, young David Koresh who believes he is chosen by God as the next Messiah.

· Abbey Lee will play Carol Howe, a former Southern debutante turned neo-Nazi arm candy, turned government informant.

About MTV Entertainment Group:

MTV Entertainment Group is a one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands - MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land - as well as MTV Entertainment Studios, which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning MTV Documentary films.

About 101 Studios:

101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. 101 empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. On the television side, 101 produces Taylor Sheridan's Emmy nominated series "Yellowstone," "Mayor of Kingstown," "1883" and the upcoming "George & Tammy," "Tulsa King," "Lioness" and "Bass Reeves." 101 Studios oversees and manages the newly formed Sports Illustrated Studios, a content platform based on the most compelling stories, characters and moments in sports past, present and future. Upcoming projects include "Paradise Found" based on the true story of high school football coach Rick Prinz; a docuseries about the sexual abuse and cover-up at Ohio State University, co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures; and the docuseries "Covers," a behind-the-scenes look at Sports Illustrated's top cover stories of all time. SI Studios has also exclusively partnered with iHeartMedia to create and distribute original podcasts through the iHeartPodcast network. On the film side, past releases include "The Current War: Director's Cut," the Sundance Audience award winner "Burden" as well as the family comedy "The War with Grandpa."





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