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Kevin Costner signs up for History series

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Kevin Costner has signed up to star in a new drama on History.

The Hatfields and McCoys will focus on the legendary families who had an intense rivalry, almost leading to a war between their two states West Virginia and Kentucky.

Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy were friends during the Civil War, but their relationship deteriorated when they returned home.

The story also features a love affair between Hatfield's son and McCoy's daughter, the execution of three of the McCoy sons, murders, arson, a clash between the two states' governors and the involvement of the Supreme Court.

History announced that Costner will take on the role of Devil Anse Hatfield in the ten-part drama.

"Everyone knows the legend of the Hatfields-McCoy feud, but few know the true story of what occurred to make the two families become mortal enemies," Costner said. "As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with [executive producer] Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country."

Earlier this year, History sparked controversy when it announced that it would no longer be airing its miniseries The Kennedys, which starred Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear. The show was eventually broadcast on Reelzchannel.

The Hatfields and McCoys is expected to air on History next year.
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