The Dovekeepers, executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, has signed Cote de Pablo (NCIS) to a starring role in the four-hour CBS miniseries. Based on Alice Hoffman’s critically acclaimed novel, The Dovekeepers will be adapted by Ann Peacock with Yves Simoneau attached to direct. Simoneau is also serving as an executive producer along with John Weber and Frank Siracusa.
CBS is aiming for a 2015 premiere.
“We are thrilled to have Cote de Pablo starring in The Dovekeepers,” said Downey. “Her talent, strength and beauty will light up the screen in the important role of Shirah.”
Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The miniseries will recount the unfolding events from the perspective of four extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but who share a common bond for survival.
-By Rebecca Murray
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