Sean Penn Will Play Andrew Jackson in a New HBO Miniseries

Let’s hope he doesn’t go too method for this role.


Sean Penn will take on the role of Andrew Jackson for an upcoming HBO miniseries about the United States’ seventh president.

American Lion, a six-hour miniseries based on John Meacham’s Pulitzer Award-winning biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, will begin production next year, according to Deadline. It marks Penn’s first television role.

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Billed in his day as “The People’s President,” Jackson’s legacy is tarnished by his involvement in the forced resettlement of Native Americans, known as The Trail of Tears. 

Penn will executive produce the miniseries, which will be written by written by Narcos creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard. HBO’s last presidential miniseries, John Adams, won 13 Emmys. Guess the two Oscars aren’t enough for Penn.