'Leaphorn & Chee' Adaptation 'Dark Winds' Gets June Premiere Date, Trailer From AMC

Watch a trailer for 'Dark Winds,' an AMC adaptation of the 'Leaphorn & Chee' book series, ahead of its June premiere.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Zahn McClaron in 'Dark Winds'


When two people are murdered in AMC's new noir thriller Dark Winds, debuting June 12, "the scene suggests foul play." It is then up to Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) to get to the bottom of what happened, a journey onto which you can follow him in the trailer, below.

Dark Winds is based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman and is set in the early 1970s on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Ariz. Joe works for the Tribal Police and gets inundated with seemingly unrelated crimes, but the more he investigates them individually, the more he opens past wounds, which do connect things in a thematic way.

Kiowa Gordon plays Deputy Jim Chee, who partners with Joe and also has scores to settle from his own past on the reservation.

The show also stars Jessica Matten as Bernadette Manuelito, Noah Emmerich as FBI Special Agent Whitover, Deanna Allison as Joe's wife Emma Leaphorn, and features Rainn Wilson as Devoted Dan, who is described as "a full-of-faith car salesman." It was created for television by Graham Roland, who also executive produces alongside McClarnon, showrunner Vince Calandra, director Chris Eyre, George R.R. Martin, Robert Redford, Tina Elmo, and Vince Gerardis.

Dark Winds will premiere on both the linear network and AMC's streaming service with its first two episodes. Following that, one new episode will drop each Sunday, but AMC+ subscribers will be able to access an additional new episode each week beginning June 19.