Tatanka Means, Oglala Lakota, son of actor/activist Russell Means, will follow in his late father's footsteps by joining the cast of the Cinemax drama Banshee in its second season.
The elder Means, an early leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was a celebrated actor who appeared in such productions as The Last of the Mohicans, Natural Born Killers, and Into the West. Hedied of cancer on October 22, 2012.
Russell Means' character on Banshee, Benjamin Longshadow, appeared on four episodes before being killed off. According to Zap2It, Tatanka Means will play Hoyt Rivers, head of security for Benjamin's son Alex Longshadow, played by Anthony Ruvivar. Tatanka Means will appear in approximately five episodes, and other actors will be joining the show for a plotline that incorporates the fictional Kinaho tribe, which operates the Kinaho Moon casino.
"It will feel comforting to work and be with others who had the pleasure of knowing and working alongside my Dad," Tatanka Means told Zap2It. "I look forward to hearing stories of his time on set with everyone. He is my inspiration. Banshee is exciting, I hope my character's involvement will add to another level of excitement."
The second season of Banshee will begin in 2014. In the meantime, Tatanka Means will hit theaters in Tiger Eyes, an adaptation of the young adult novel by Judy Blume. Tatanka co-stars as Wolf, and his father also appears in the film. According to a report at MovieWeb.com, Tiger Eyesis scheduled for a June 7 release.