Twilight's Chaske Spencer -- best known as Sam, the leader of Jacob's wolf pack in the franchise -- has boarded the NBC Western drama pilot The Frontier, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The project, from writer/exec producer Shaun Cassidy, revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the unchartered country in the 1840s.
Spencer will play Eli, a cook who's traveling with his mentally unstable aunt, Luisa. He's described as an optimist who's trying to be patient with his aunt's real and imagined fears who ventures off with part of group to search for others.
Thomas Schlamme will direct and exec produce the drama, from Sony Pictures Television and Prospect Park.
Spencer is the second Twilight alum to book pilots this season; Breaking Dawn Part 2's Toni Trucks (aka Nomad coven member Mary) joined CBS' legal drama pilot Baby Big Shot.
Spencer is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Buchwald/Fortitude and Josselyne Herman & Associates.
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