The name 'Waco' has become irrevocably associated with one of the most famous sieges in recent American history and this six-part series sets out to explore the events surrounding and including the ultimately fatal 51-day siege that occurred near this town in Texas in 1993.

Leading the star-studded cast is Taylor Kitsch, who completely transforms from Friday Night Lights football heartthrob to creepy cult leader David Koresh in the series, which is based on two biographies about the siege. Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon takes on the role of FBI negotiator Gary Noesner and John Leguizamo the role of Robert Rodriguez.

Koresh was the leader of religious sect Branch Davidian, who lived at a compound just outside Waco, Texas. The cult was believed to have an illegal stockpile of weapons which led to a raid on the property by the American Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on February 28, 1993.

The ATF came under heavy from Koresh and his cult members during the raid resulting in the 51-day standoff between Koresh and the FBI. The standoff ended on April 19 when the FBI opened fire on the compound and 76 people from the sect, including Koresh died.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Kitsch went seriously method to get into the role, when the creators of the series, brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle suggested filming take place in Austin, Kitsch's home town, he "...declined, fearing it would hurt his performance." Drew Dowdle told The Hollywood Reporter, "...he went really deep on this and didn't want to be distracted."

Watch the trailer here:

Waco will be coming to the small screen in January 2018

Taylor Kitsch is unrecognizable in the ‘Waco’ trailer