Scalped (TV pilot)

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  • Drama
  • Crime story
Based on Scalped
by Jason Aaron R.M. Guéra
Developed by Doug Jung
Composer(s) Hannes De Maeyer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network WGN America

Scalped is an American television pilot episode developed by Doug Jung and Geoff Johns for WGN America.[2] It is an adaptation of the comic book series Scalped created by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint.


"Scalped is a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American Indian reservation, and explores power, loyalty, and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow, as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse who has returned home after years away from the reservation."[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

According to, the Pilot episode will feature an all Native American cast.[3]

  • Alex Meraz as Dashiell Bad Horse: His return sets him on a violent path of self-discovery about his place on the Rez and on a collision course with both his estranged mother and Red Crow.[4]
  • Gil Birmingham as Chief Lincoln Red Crow: A Lakota elder involved in pretty much every aspect of life on the reservation.[1]
  • Irene Bedard as Gina Bad Horse: A legendary activist and Dashiell's mother.[1]
  • Chaske Spencer as Sheriff Falls Down.[1]

In February 2017, Lily Gladstone was cast as Carol Red Crow as a recurring role.[5]


In 2014 it was reported that WGN America is developing a live action TV show based on the Vertigo comic book series."[6] The Pilot order was given on March 7, 2016.[3] In February 2017, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi will direct the pilot.[7] The pilot will film in New Mexico in early April 2017.[8]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi[7]Doug Jung[3]TBATBATBD


  1. ^ a b c d Bojalad, Alec. "Scalped TV Series Adds to Cast, Gets a Producer". Den of Geek. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "PILOT ORDERED FOR DC COMICS / VERTIGO ADAPTATION SCALPED". IGN. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "WGN America Gives Pilot Orders To 'Roadside Picnic' Strugatsky Bros. Drama, 'Scalped' DC Comics Adaptation". March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (17 February 2017). "'Scalped': Alex Meraz Cast As Lead In WGN America Drama Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "'Certain Women' Breakout Lily Gladstone to Star in WGN America's DC Comics Pilot 'Scalped' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "DC's 'Scalped' Comic Book Series Headed to TV". Screenrant. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "'Scalped': Bilall Fallah & Adil El Arbi To Direct WGN America Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Guglielmi, Luca (2017-03-22). "'Scalped' TV Pilot To Film In April". All The Stuff You Care About. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 

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