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Native American cast to lead ‘Scalped’ filming in NM

Alex Meraz will film the pilot for "Scalped" in New Mexico. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

Alex Meraz will film the pilot for “Scalped” in New Mexico. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

Graphic novels and comics have a history of jumping from page to screen.

The latest is “Scalped,” which is based on the DC graphic novel series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. GuĂ©ra.

WGN America is filming the pilot in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Laguna Pueblo.

In addition to being based on a graphic novel, the pilot also has a predominantly Native American cast.

Actor Gil Birmingham returns to New Mexico for the TV pilot, "Scalped."

Actor Gil Birmingham returns to New Mexico for the TV pilot, “Scalped.”

Alaska native actress Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas in the Disney film of the same name, will star in "Scalped," which is filming in New Mexico. (AP Photo/John Miller)

Alaska native actress Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas in the Disney film of the same name, will star in “Scalped,” which is filming in New Mexico. (AP Photo/John Miller)

“This is a particularly unique project dealing with modern-day challenges in the Native American community, as well as issues of cultural identity,” said Nick Maniatis, New Mexico State Film Office director. “New Mexico is honored to have been chosen by the ‘Scalped’ creators as the best place to bring their project to life.”

“Scalped” is a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation.

The drama will explore power, loyalty and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow, played by Gil Birmingham, as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, played by Alex Meraz, who recently moved back to the reservation.

Also starring in the pilot will be Irene Bedard, Chaske Spencer, Lily Gladstone and Zahn McClaron.

According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 120 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico principal actors and 350 New Mexico background talent.

Warner Horizon Scripted Television is producing the pilot, and Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct.

The network filmed in New Mexico with the series “Manhattan.”

Birmingham returns to New Mexico after filming the Oscar-nominated film “Hell or High Water” last year. Meraz appeared in “The Twilight Saga” series and Bedard is the voice of Pocahontas in the Disney animated film of the same name.

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