Willie Nelson to star in and produce remake of “Rifleman” series for Netflix


Willie Nelson has announced plans to produce and star in a remake of the 1950’s television series, “The Rifleman”, set in the town of North Fork in the New Mexico Territory.    Nelson will play Lucas McCain, widowed Rancher, raises his young son Mark alone.  Together, they forge a life homesteading a ranch on the outskirts of town.  Filming will start in July on Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch, on movie-set town built for Nelson’s, “Red Headed Stranger’.

Child actor Jacob Tremblay, will play  son Mark.


Ben Dorcy will play Marshal Micah Torrance in Willie Nelson’s re-make of, “The Rifleman”

A Civil War veteran and expert marksman, Lucas is frequently enlisted to help the town Marshal Micah Torrance, played by Ben Dorcy,  preserve law and order, as a weekly parade of bandits, scoundrels, ne’er-do-wells, sad saps and the occasional victim of misfortune rides into North Fork or appears at the McCain ranch bringing trouble or looking for help or a second chance.  Armed with a customized Winchester rifle, Lucas upholds law and order on the edge of the wild frontier, dispensing justice with wisdom and compassion.

Mark McCain learns by example from his father the wisdom of justice and the Golden Rule, and he learns the importance of strong values and personal integrity.  Lucas teaches Mark to recognize the true character and motives belying the outward behavior of visitors to North Fork and its townsfolk.

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Woody Harrelson, Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson will play re-curring unsavory characters in the series.

The choices they make and the events their actions set in motion stoke the dramatic tension, especially when the visitors who drift into town or the McCain ranch are unsavory characters.  Sometimes resolution is found through reconciliation, sometimes through harsh justice, but there is always a moral to the story.

11 Responses to “Willie Nelson to star in and produce remake of “Rifleman” series for Netflix”

  1. rosemarie WESSEL says:

    Will Rifleman be on netflix in 2017? Sounds like a great show!

    Thank you,
    Rosemarie Wessel

  2. Wayne says:

    Willie Nelson is too old for Lucas McCain.

  3. Frank Iacono says:

    Remember, this was put out on April 1, 2016.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Willy Nelson is way to old and will wreck the show

  5. Dave says:

    This is a joke right ? Willie Nelson replacing Chuck Connors are you kidding me ? Hats like replacing George Reeves as Superman with Steve Bushemi !!! What a joke…and Nelson has a 5 year old son ??? When did he have this kid at age 80….I’d like to see that opening sequence with Nelson firing that Winchester in rapid fire… they will have to change it to having him pull a knife out of his pocket…very scary….

  6. Clem says:

    I saw the trailer it was great !!! Mark is actually the star of the show and he will be fighting all the bad guys. Nelson is just there for his name he will only be seen in scenes where he’s sleeping in the cabin. He’s so old he could not even carry the rifle it was too heavy.

  7. Dennis Fallo says:

    Don’t bother with remake if Willie is really being cast…..foolishness. It’s a classic and needs to be remade with respect, form music score to cast! Keven Sorbo would be a good Lucas. Tired of remakes that destroy the originals. Use Willie for Micah Torrence…..but Lucas, no way! His age is a big thing and his total chemistry is wrong. Back to drawing board! Plus, the guy who was the #1 authority on the Rifleman’s rifle and could actually build and use the reproductions passed away a few years ago….Mike Dimuzio. Check out the Rifleman’s Rifle web or FB.

  8. LindaLee says:

    That was just one of my April Fool’s spoofs — not true. Sorry for confusion.

  9. Tuffany says:

    A continuation of “The Rifleman” rather than a remake is more sensible while paying tribute to the original series. Luca McCain, now elderly by 1800s standards, with his adult-age son Mark, a writer or a veterinarian, both possible careers mentioned in the original series, returns to the ranch outside of North Fork to help his aging father. If Mark is a veterinarian, perhaps backfill the storyline with reference to him serving as a veterinarian for the cavalry for several years after completing his education. If Mark is a writer, maybe have him running a newspaper in North Fork, now a larger town or small city compared to his childhood years. Following in his father’s footsteps Mark is enlisted reluctantly to help the marshal from time to time, having inherited his father’s skill with a rifle and from his own military training and service.

    A remake as in a middle-aged Lucas and boyish Mark is not a good idea. These remakes never do justice to the original series, destroy the memories of older potential viewers while dumbing-down the characters and storylines for the millennials who are unlikely to watch it except maybe during Netflix or similar binges.

  10. Anthony rappa says:

    They should have the actor that played Mark an grandfather who raises his grandson who has rifle skills of his own and has a striking resemblance to Lucas

  11. Kenneth says:

    They need to have a remake a big man just like the old show don’t mess it up get good actors have good writers do it right make it next generation?

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