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History’s “Texas Rising,” detailing the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, will premiere Memorial Day, May 25.

The eight-hour event series from exec producer Leslie Greif (“Hatfields and McCoys”) stars Bill Paxton as Texas legend Sam Houston and follows his fight for Texas’ independence against Mexican general Santa Anna. “The Killing Fields” helmer Roland Joffe directs. Greif’s previous series for History, the Paxton and Kevin Costner-starring “Hatfields and McCoys,” set ratings records for the channel.

“We’re ecstatic with what we’ve seen so far from production,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History and H2 exec VP and general manager. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a big television event that’s sure to resonate with our fans.”

The series cast includes Kris Kristofferson as Andrew Jackson, as well as Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray and Jeremy Davies. “Texas Rising” is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Greif’s Thinkfactory Media.

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