“Dark Winds” hits AMC on June 12

“Dark Winds” premieres June 12 on AMC. (Courtesy of CMA)

“Dark Winds” is set to hit TV.

On Monday, AMC announced that the series based on Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee book series will premiere on Sunday, June 12.

The premiere will open with two episodes with a new episode every Sunday after.

The series is set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Arizona.

It follows Tribal Police Lt. Joe Leaphorn, played by Zahn McClarnon, as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he gets to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new assistant, Jim Chee, played Kiowa Gordon.

Chee, too, has some old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men fight the forces of evil, against each other and their own personal demons on the way to salvation.

New Mexico residents George RR Martin and Robert Redford serve as executive producers, and Chris Eyre is directing the pilot and executive producing.

According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 200 New Mexico crew members and more than 275 New Mexico backgrounds and extras.

“We are thrilled that AMC is so intentional to tell this story authentically by a creative talent whose work speaks for itself, with a Native American director from New Mexico, as well as Native American writers, actors and locations,” said Amber Dodson, director of the New Mexico Film Office. “‘Dark Winds’ is a show that needs to be made in New Mexico.”

Alongside Gordon and McClarnon, Jessica Matten, Noah Emmerich, Deanna Allison and Rainn Wilson.

Vince Calandra is showrunner and executive producer.


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