Kurt Sutter created FX’s upcoming The Bastard Executioner—and he’ll also produce and star in the pilot.
FX annouced the pilot’s cast today in a list that also includes Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, The Hurt Locker‘s Sam Spruell, and newcomers Lee Jones and Flora Spencer-Longhurst. Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeny, and Matthew Rhys are also set to appear.
The Bastard Executioner will follow one of King Edward I’s warrior knights who vows to give up his sword post-war—and whose plans to stay away from violence get postponed.
Production will kick off mid-March in Wales. From FX’s press release, here are the official character descriptions:
Lee Jones, a newly discovered Australian theater actor, will take the lead as “Wilkin Brattle”: Tall, dark, imposing. Emotionally deep, spiritually tortured. Former knight in the charge of King Edward I. He now lives a simple agrarian life. Jones is represented by Emery Entertainment.
Stephen Moyer will star as “Milus Corbett”: Street smart and noble savvy. He was one of Ventris’ marshals in the army. Now, serves as his Chamberlain, Chancellor and Justiciar. Friend and drinking mate. Moyer is represented by WME.
Katey Sagal will star as “Annora of the Alders”: Prescient, mystical and beautiful. She offers predictions, cures and potions. Sagal is represented by WME.
Flora Spencer-Longhurst will star as “Baroness Lowry ‘Love’ Aberffraw Ventris”: As cunning as she is kind and beautiful. From a wealthy Welsh family, she married Ventris at 17 to protect her family’s land. Her noble duties always in conflict with her Welsh pride. Spencer-Longhurst is represented by United Agents.
Kurt Sutter will star as “The Dark Mute”: Mate and guardian of Annora. Speaks rarely, no one’s ever seen his face. Sutter is represented by WME.
Sam Spruell will star as “Toran Prichard”: Fierce, tenacious. An archer under Madog Llywelyn in the last major Welsh rebellion. He put down the bow and picked up the hoe. Wilkin’s best mate. Spruell is represented by ICM and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Darren Evans will star as “Ash y Goedwig”: Wiry, smart. A trapper. An orphan “of the woods”. Friend of Wilkin. Evans is represented by Troika.
Danny Sapani will star as “Berber the Moor”: A large, educated man. Converted Muslim. A farmer. Friend of Wilkin. Sapani is represented by Gordon and French.
Timothy V. Murphy will star as “Father Ruskin”: A Brawny. Gentle, with bottled fury. Former soldier. Left the military for the seminary. Priest, rector and teacher of the court. Murphy is represented by SDB Partners.
Sarah White will star as “Isabel Kiffin”: Tall, slight. Awkward and innocent. Lady Love’s handmaiden and trusted confidant. White is represented by Gendler & Kelly, and APC.
Sarah Sweeny as “Jessamy Maddox”: Pretty, hardened by abuse. The executioner’s wife. Represented by Lou Coulson Associates.
In a guest-starring role, Matthew Rhys as “Gruffudd y Blaidd”: Smart, fearless, of noble blood. The Wolf. Leader of the Welsh rebels, Byth Encil. [Note: this role does not change his lead position in the FX drama series The Americans.] Rhys is represented by WME and Management 360.