WGN America premieres its gritty new series “Outsiders” on Tuesday (Jan. 26) and with the new program, comes a wide selection of very talented actors. From the get-go, the new program has bred comparisons to shows like “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified.” One thing is for certain, the character study and story of conflict here is going to unfold with one heck of a wallop.
In its continuing mission to bring cutting edge original series to the small-screen, the one standout from the trailers and previous promotions for the series are the cast. There are a bunch of familiar faces here, so let’s run down the who’s who of the Farrell clan.
Joe Anderson as Asa Farrell
Anderson plays a Asa, a cousin of Foster Farrell the 6th — the son of the clan leader, Lady Ray (Phyllis Somerville). An outsider from his own family, Asa returns to the mountain after hitting rock bottom in his attempt to live among normal society.
He has previously been seen in a number of projects, most notably so as Max Carrigan in “Across the Universe,” Flannery in “The Grey,” Terry Kucik in “The Divide,” and Anderson played Mason Verger on NBC’s “Hannibal” after Michael Pitt exited the series.
David Morse as Big Foster
Playing Big Foster — aka Foster Farrell the 6th — David Morse plays the most powerful male of the Farrell clan. He’s next in line to be Bren’in, the Farrell’s king. Originally promised the keys to the proverbial castle, Lady Ray is now delaying handing him complete power, mostly due to Asa’s return to the hill.
Morse is a very well know actor and has a huge roster of work under his belt. Recently seen opposite Will Smith in “Concussion,” other memorable roles include Brutus “Brutal” Howard in “The Green Mile,” George Washington in HBO’s “John Adams,” and Lt. Terry Coulson in “Treme.”
Ryan Hurst as Little Foster
Big Foster’s eldest son, Lil’ Foster — aka Foster Farrell the 7th — is soft-spoken and large. Loyal to his father, he’s madly in love with G’Winveer, who won’t agree to marry him. Working tirelessly to assist Big Foster in all of his schemes, he believes Asa’s return has something to do with G’Win’s refusal to be his wife.
Ryan Hurst is well known to fans for his turn as Harry “Opie” Winston on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Since leaving the series, he has been seen as Edgar Roy on “King & Maxwell” and Chick in A&E’s “Bates Motel.”
Gillian Alexy as G’Winveer
G’Winveer is one of the Farrell clan’s healers who grows herbs and puts together natural remedies. She is Asa’s third cousin who shared a special love as teenagers. After Asa left the mountain, instead of opting to start a family with her, G’Win turned to Lil’ Foster for emotional support. Now that Asa’s back, those old feelings have resurfaced.
Gillian Alexy has been professionally acting for two decades and delivered exceptional work as Tayler Geddes in “McLeod’s Daughter,” played Gitta Novak in the final season of “Damages,” and was recently seen on FX’s “Americans” as Annelise.
Kyle Gallner as Hasil
Hasil is Asa’s 4th cousin and one of the more unpredictable characters on the hill. He’s the resident craftsman of the group and has been known to carve intricate wooden structures while also assisting in brewing the famous, small-batch Farrell Wine. Curious about the real world, his ventures down the mountain leads him to a romance with Sally-Ann.
Kyle Gallner is a recognizable face and his work has been seen on the big and small-screen. Most notably, fans recognize him as Cassidy “Beaver” Calabassas from “Veronica Mars,” Jason Embry in “Big Love,” Bart Allen from “Smallville,” and will soon be seen in “The Finest Hours” as Andy Fitzgerald.
Thomas M. Wright as Sheriff Wade Houghton, Jr.
Kentucky State Deputy Sheriff Wade Houghton, Jr. is a 5th generation Houghton and has lived in the area all his life. His predecessors all worked in the coal business which ended up taking the life of his father under what he believes are mysterious circumstances.
Instead of following his father’s footsteps, Houghton went into law enforcement and married his high school sweetheart who soon died from apparent suicide. Since, he’s been a tortured man who believes the Farrells were somehow involved in his wife and father’s death.
Thomas M. Wright is no stranger to tortured characters as he starred opposite Elizabeth Moss as Johnno in “Top of the Lake” and the ultra creepy killer Steven Linder in FX’s short-lived series, “The Bridge.”
Christina Jackson as Sally-Ann
Sally-Ann is one of the few African-American residents in Blackburg. She works as a cashier at the local retail store, which is the place where Hasil first sets eyes on her. The attraction is mutual and the flirtation is dangerous but she can’t help her curiosity about him and his family.
Christina Jackson can be most recognized by fans by her performance as Maybelle White — Chalky White’s daughter — in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” She also played Young Joanna in NBC’s short-lived series, “Deception.”
“Outsiders” premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.