Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris Will Be Ben Franklin For the History Channel

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I think we’re all waiting to see what many of the players from AMC’s Breaking Bad do next in their careers, now that the show has wrapped (other than being on “Better Call Saul,” that is). Now we have word that Hank, Dean Norris, has been snapped up by the History Channel to play Ben Franklin in an upcoming miniseries.

History has been known for their highly-viewed miniseries for a while now, and they’re looking to repeat their success with “Sons of Libery,” a scripted miniseries told in six parts. The show “follows historical figures Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren as they secretly join forces to make America a nation. It enters production this summer.”

Norris isn’t the only cast member on deck, even if he is the most high profile face given his recent turn on Breaking Bad. The cast also includes “The Chronicles of Narnia” star Ben Barnes as Sam Adams, Ryan Eggold as Warren, Michael Raymond James as Revere, Rafe Spall as Hancock and Henry Thomas as John Adams.

History released a statement about the show:

“From the Boston Tea Party to the Declaration of Independence, ‘Sons of Liberty’ will tell the rebellious story of America’s greatest fight for freedom,” reads the statement. “History continues its commitment to bring viewers historical drama based on real events that have shaped our past, while capturing the spirit of the time. Adams, Hancock, Revere, are famous names in our history books, and ‘Sons of Liberty’ will bring their stories to life.”

That’s a lot to cover in six episodes, but History has shown that this format really works for them. Look for it in fall/winter.

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Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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