Gravel-voiced country star Trace Adkins has been added to the cast of the latest film adaptation of Owen Wister's classic Western novel The Virginian.

The Chrome singer will reportedly join Hellboy star Ron Perlman, Cole Hauser and Jennifer Beals in the remake.

Wister's book has previously been adapted for the big and small screen multiple times, starring Bill Pullman, Gary Cooper and Joel MCCrae. It was also a classic Cecil B. DeMille movie in 1914.

Wister's 1902 novel also inspired a beloved 1960s Tv series. Adkins is set to play the title character - a mysterious enforcer for a cattle baron in Wyoming.