Before Daniel Day-Lewis was drinking your milkshake, he was breaking all the moms' hearts as one of the go-to guys for romantic period dramas during the 1980s and '90s. Thankfully he's a discerning actor and didn't wind up in the same spot as some of his fellow mature heartthrobs — many of them now long forgotten. One of the first films to establish him as a star separate from the Hollywood cutouts was Michael Mann's historical epic The Last of the Mohicans set during the French and Indian War.
It was one of the earliest DDL movies that saw the actor fully embracing his role. The public was impressed by stories about Day-Lewis living off the land, staying completely in character, and transforming himself physically for the part of Nathaniel Hawkeye, a white man adopted as a Mohican. "In Daniel Day-Lewis he has found the right actor to play Hawkeye, even though no other role ever played by Day-Lewis (My Left Foot, A Room with a View, My Beautiful Laundrette) would remotely suggest that," Roger Ebert wrote in his review.
Now, THR is reporting that Mohicans screenwriter Christopher Crowe will be adapting the film for a "limited series" on FX. The historical slant fits right in with FX's other upcoming adaptations, like Paul Giamatti's Mayflower and a drama about Spanish conquistadors, Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro. The Last of the Mohicans isn't untouchable, but it's sure as hell not as interesting without Day-Lewis transformed for his role.