Looks like WGN America is moving quickly to turn DC/Vertigo comic Scalped into its next TV hit. The network has announced that actor Alex Meraz has been cast as the lead actor in the pilot.

Meraz will play Dashiell Bad Horse, who returns to the reservation after being estranged for many years. He quickly earns favor with Oglala Tribal Council president Lincoln Red Crow as a member of his Tribal Police Force, but Bad Horse has his own agenda that will inevitably pit him against Red Crow and his casino operation... as well as his own family. Meraz joins Lily Gladstone, who was recently cast as Red Crow’s daughter, Carol.

Alex Meraz, seen here yelling at Bella. Courtesy Summit Entertainment

Meraz was recently seen in Suicide Squad as Seal Team A squad member Gomez, but he’s better known for his role as Paul, one of the werewolves in the Twilight series. Meraz, a First Nation descendant of the Purepecha (Tarasco) Nation and of mixed Lakota descent, will be the first Native American lead on a major television show in recent history.

[Deadline]

Clarification: Meraz is of mixed Lakota and Purepecha descent, this information has been added to the article.

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