BARKSKINS examines the mysterious massacre of settlers in the vast and unforgiving wilds of 1690s New France that threatens to throw the region into all-out war. Likely suspects abound — the English, the Hudson’s Bay Company and a band of Kanien’kehá:ka (Iroquois) possibly in league with the English looking to drive the French from the territory — but who or what brought these settlers to such a tragic end? National Geographic’s eight-part limited series, BARKSKINS, created by Elwood Reid and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Annie Proulx, transports viewers to the wild frontier of the late 17th century. The series stars David Thewlis (“Wonder Woman”) as “Claude Trepagny,” Marcia Gay Harden (“The Newsroom”) as “Mathilde Geffard,” Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk”) as “Hamish Goames,” James Bloor (“Dunkirk”) as “Charles Duquet,” Christian Cooke (“Point Blank”) as “Rene Sel,” David Wilmot (“The Alienist”) as “Constable Bouchard,” Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge”) as “Elisha Cooke,” Tallulah Haddon (“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”) as “Melissande,” Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn (“The Man in the High Castle”) as “Mari,” Lily Sullivan (“Picnic at Hanging Rock”) as “Delphine” and Zahn McClarnon (“Fargo”) as “Yvon.
"Barkskins’ Is the Next Great TV Epic – and Perfect for Those Missing ‘Game of Thrones’"
THE DAILY BEAST
"...in an era with (generally speaking) too much television, there is simply not enough of Barkskins."
"Must-see TV affair"
THE DAILY BEAST
"It ends up reflecting its time and our current one in a way these kinds of shows are not always able."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Beyond the expected"
"Wilderness miniseries is year’s best so far"
David Thewlis as Claude Trepagny
Marcia Gay Harden as Mathilde Geffard
Aneurin Barnard as Hamish Goames
James Bloor as Charles Duquet
Christian Cooke as Rene Sel
David Wilmot as Constable Bouchard
Thomas M. Wright as Elisha Cooke
Tallulah Haddon as Melissande
Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn as Mari
Lily Sullivan as Delphine
with Zahn McClarnon as Yvon
Executive Producer, Creator Elwood Reid
Executive Producer Scott Rudin
Executive Producer Eli Bush
Executive Producer Garrett Basch
Executive Producer Adam Glass
Executive Producer David Slade
Executive Producer Annie Proulx
Co-Executive Producer Richard Middleton
Producer Walter Kirn
Producer Sherri Holman
Written by Elwood Reid
Directed by David Slade
Director of Photography James Hawkinson
Production Designer Isabelle Guay
Edited by Chris A. Peterson
Costume Designer Anna Terrazas
Music by Colin Stetson
VFX Designer Kevin Tod Haug
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