NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Update Casts Virginia Madsen as Lead

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It may not prove as successful or award-winning as History's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning miniseries, but NBC's modern 'Hatfields & McCoys' update from producer Charlize Theron is rolling full steam ahead. Updating the classic rivalry to a modernized Pittsburgh setting, the tentatively titled 'Hatfields & McCoys' remake with a pilot order has officially cast actress Virginia Madsen in the role of the McCoy matriarch, but how tied to the original story will the modern update be?

Capitalizing on the recognition of History's 'Hatfields & McCoys,' NBC hopes that re-igniting the classic rivalry will prove every bit as riveting in modern-day Pittsburgh. Headlining its modern update will be that of actress Virginia Madsen ('Sideways') as matriarch Eloise McCoy, the series' first major casting since the announcement of a pilot order.

“Set in present day Pittsburgh, a startling death re-ignites the feud between these two legendary families,” says the as-yet-untitled series description. “Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.”

Additional producers beside Charlize Theron include AJ Dix, Dawn Olmstead and Beau Flynn, while ‘Eagle Eye’ scribe John Glenn will pen the pilot episode.

Well, what say you? Do you have interest in seeing a modern-day 'Hatfields and McCoys'? Who would you like to see in the new roles?

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