Stephen Moyer to Star in New FX Drama ‘The Bastard Executioner’
TVLine reports that True Blood alum Stephen Moyer has signed on to co-star in Kurt Sutter’s pilot, The Bastard Executioner. The potential new series from the creator of Sons of Anarchy “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.”
Aussie newcomer Lee Jones has snagged the title role as the Executioner. Steven plays the street smart and noble Milus Corbett, one of Ventris’ marshals in the army. Katy Sagal is set to co-star as Annora of the Alders. Prescient, mystical and beautiful, she offers predictions, cures and potions.
Should the series be picked up, it will air on FX.
Other roles include:
Matthew Rhys as Gruffudd y Blaidd: Smart, fearless, of noble blood. The Wolf. Leader of the Welsh rebels, Byth Encil. [Note: An FX rep notes that this gig will not impact his starring role in The Americans.]
Lee Jones 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.
Flora Spencer-Longhurst 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.
Kurt Sutter as The Dark Mute: Mate and guardian of Annora. Speaks rarely, no one’s ever seen his face.
Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman) 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.
Darren Evans (Galavant) as Ash y Goedwig: Wiry, smart. A trapper. An orphan “of the woods”. Friend of Wilkin.
Danny Sapani (Trance, Penny Dreadful) as Berber the Moor: A large, educated man. Converted Muslim. A farmer. Friend of Wilkin.
Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy, The Lone Ranger) as Father Ruskin: A Brawny. Gentle, with bottled fury. Former soldier. Left the military for the seminary. Priest, rector and teacher of the court.
Sarah White as Isabel Kiffin: Tall, slight. Awkward and innocent. Lady Love’s handmaiden and trusted confidant.
Sarah Sweeny as Jessamy Maddox: Pretty, hardened by abuse. The executioner’s wife.