Thursday, January 7, 2016

Michiel Huisman to Topline New Discovery Miniseries 'Harley and the Davidsons'

Game of Thrones, Orphan Black and Nashville alum Michiel Huisman has been tapped to star in Discovery's new scripted miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons. The announcement came from the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

Based on a true story, the drama centers on how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William "Bill" Harley and Arthur Davidson built - and rode - motorcycles. The series charts the birth of Harley-Davidson in 1903 during a time of great social and technological change and tells the epic story of how two 19-year-old kids from Milwaukee started a company in their backyard that would go on to become an American legend.

Huisman will star as Walter Davidson, while Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones) will play William "Bill" Harley and Bug Hall (The Little Rascals) will play Arthur Davidson.

Evan Wright and Seth Fisher are writing the miniseries. They executive produce with John Goldwyn, Dimitri Doganis and Ciáran Donnelly. Donnelly is set to direct the first and third installments of the series. Production is slated to begin in March. The series will air in three two-hour installments later this year.

"It was essential to find a dynamic, contemporary voice for a show set in the turn of the century America. With Evan Wright and Seth Fisher, we feel we have selected the perfect writers to transport the Discovery viewers back to the formative, hardscrabble years of Harley Davidson and the birth of motorcycle racing," said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, in a statement to Variety.