Kevin Costner’s ‘National Parks’ Announces Series Leading Star

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner is writing and producing a new ABC drama called “National Parks.” And now two of the show’s leading stars have joined the cast.

On Wednesday afternoon, the news surfaced that actress Angel Parker, of “Marvel’s Runaways,” will star opposite Billy Campbell as Ava Longridge. Parker will play an Intelligence Analyst. Her job is to examine evidence and scrutinize possible targets and threats within the national parks, per Deadline.

Currently, Parker appears in “The Rookie” for ABC. She was also in “La Brea,” as the lead role for the original pilot. In addition to her ABC show roles, Parker appeared on FX’s “The Strain” and NBC’s “Trial & Error.”

Parker further appeared on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles.” She has also appeared in “Ghost Tape” and “The Rookie.”

Parker won a Creation International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2019. She won a Los Angeles Film Award for Best Ensemble that same year. 

‘National Parks’: Where Have We Seen Billy Campbell Before?

Actor Billy Campbell has also joined the cast. He is most famous for his performance in the TV series “Once and Again.”

For his role on “Once and Again,” Campbell received a Golden Globe nomination. He’s also known for his part in “The Rocketeer.”

Campbell will portray Cal Foster, a special agent who investigates crimes occurring in the parks. As the series launches, UPI reports, Foster is starting a supervisory position after years working out in the field.

Previously, Campbell appeared in the Hulu series “Cardinal” as John Cardinal. He also held roles in “Helix,” “The 4400,” and “The Killing.”

The network’s description of “National Parks” reads: “While the national parks are known for their sweeping, beautiful landscapes, there is also a darker, more sinister side to these parks that attract a vast array of criminal activity. ‘National Parks’ will follow the small group of elite NPS agents as they solve these crimes while protecting these national treasures.”

With Costner, Aaron Helbing and Jon Baird will co-write “National Parks.” Anthony Hemingway, director of WGN’s “Underground” and Starz’s “Power,” will direct the pilot, which will be a one-hour drama. 

The show is a project of Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment, 20th Television and A+E Studios. 

According to Deadline, upon learning that ABC had given a pilot order to “National Parks,” Costner said, “Our partners at ABC, 20th Television and A+E Studios have given me a great environment to step out of my comfort zone and deliver something special.”