FX has officially ordered Kurt Sutter’s The Bastard Executioner to series and will debut the period drama this fall. Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) recently wrapped up work on the pilot of the series set in the late Middle Ages, and now that the show’s received its full 10 episode season one order filming will get back underway in Wales this summer. Sutter created the series, executive produces, and wrote the pilot, with his Sons of Anarchy collaborator Paris Barclay also executive producing as well as directing. Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are also involved as executive producers.
The Bastard Executioner‘s cast is led by Lee Jones and includes Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, and Ethan Griffiths. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys guest stars.
“From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. “The Bastard Executioner has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as Executive Producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself. We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.”
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood,” explained Sutter. “It’s been very satisfying weaving fact and fiction to create a new mythology that combines all these elements. And with this extraordinary cast — Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and newcomer, Lee Jones — this world explodes on screen. I love working with FX and Fox21TVS. They’ve been my family for 15 years. They not only tolerate me, they embrace my extremely disturbing storytelling sensibilities.”
The Bastard Executioner Plot:
A period drama, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
-By Rebecca Murray
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