Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn is to star in a new film from HBO which chronicles the displacement of American Indians in the latter half of the 19th Century.

The Hollywood Reporter says that 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' is based on the best-selling Dee Brown novel of the same name.

Quinn will play Henry Dawes, the Massachusetts senator who was responsible for introducing the legislation that allowed American Indian families land allotments, citizenship and full political rights.

The film will shoot in Canada.