Gillian Anderson joins Lena Headey in Netflix’s 1850s drama ‘The Abandons’

Two of our favourite actresses will star in a new Netflix period drama.

From the creator of hit US series Sons of Anarchy, The Abandons follows a group of outlier families “as they pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon while a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out.”

Deadline reports that “these abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back.”

The show will apparently be exploring “that fine line between survival and law, the consequences of violence and the corrosive power of secrets as this family fights to keep their land.”

English actress Lena Headey is leading the cast as a strong, devout matriarch called Fiona, whose “faith and love for her family trump all.”

Best known as Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, her character here is described as having “a strong-willed Irish temper.”

It was announced last week that she’ll be joined by The X-Files and The Crown star Gillian Anderson.

The British-American actress will take on the role of Constance, “the matriarch of the wealthy Van Ness family who inherited her husband’s mining fortune, then doubled it.”

We’re told that “despite the town’s inherent bias against women, her money, charm and ruthlessness created a network of political allies – for her, power, wealth and lineage trump all.”

The Abandons is set to begin filming later this year, although production on the series is likely to be delayed by the current round of Hollywood strikes.

In the meantime, fans can see Gillian Anderson in the fourth season of Netflix’s Sex Education this summer.

She’s also be starring in upcoming World War II drama White Bird: A Wonder Story, alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

Watch the trailer here:

Based on R.J. Palacio’s book, the uplifting movie charts the story of a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

White Bird will be released in US cinemas this August.

The complete The X-Files box set is available on DVD on Amazon.