A first look trailer for Paramount Network’s new TV miniseries on the real-life events of Waco starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon has been revealed and it’s an intense look into the cult sect which shocked the world.

The new six-episode series tells the harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and Koresh’s spiritual sect in Waco, TX which resulted in a deadly shootout and tragic fire. It’s based on two biographies: A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the final fire on April 19, 1993, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit Gary Noesner.


Kitsch will play the bearded sect leader, David Koresh alongside Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, and Julia Garner.

The Final actor went through extensive preparation for the true crime drama, he stated “It was four-plus months of prep for me “From losing just around 30 pounds to listening to hundreds of hours of phone calls of the tapes with [FBI negotiator] Gary Noesner and the FBI and the ATF to Child Protective Services, to reading David Thibodeau’s book a few times.”

Waco is Executive Produced by Weinstein Television, written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (No Escape) and directed by John Erick Dowdle.

Waco is set to air on January 18, 2018, in the US.