4 April 2013 8:16 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Discovery Channel has been developing its first scripted project, in the form of a hearty miniseries titled Klondike and based upon Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike. This week the upcoming series adds actor Sam Shepard to it’s cast.

The actor who played Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff in 1983 also happens to be quite the author, playwright and screenwriter. Among his accolades are a Pulitzer Prize win for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. In Klondike, Shepard will be replacing another great actor, Mr. Chris Cooper. Cooper pulled out of filming just last to “attend to a personal matter” reported Deadline. I think if you can’t have Cooper, Shepard is a terrific second choice. Both men bring grit to their parts. The role is for “Father Judge”, a man who journeys to the Klondike hoping to save souls. »

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