Stephen Moyer to Star in Kurt Sutter's New FX Drama The Bastard Executioner; Katey Sagal Confirmed as Female Lead

The Bastard Executioner Cast

Stephen Moyer apparently has a thing for period garb.

The actor, who spent a good portion of his time on True Blood stuck in the 1800s, has signed on to star opposite Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s 14th century-set drama pilot The Bastard Executioner, TVLine has learned.

In a surprising move, Sutter himself is set to play a major role in the potential series. Additionally, Aussie newcomer Lee Jones has snagged the title role, and The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys will guest-star in the project.

The Bastard Executioner, which will be directed by Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy collaborator Paris Barclay, 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.

Moyer stars as the street-smart and noble Milus Corbett, one of Ventris’ marshals in the army who now serves as his Chamberlain, Chancellor and Justiciar.

Sagal, meanwhile, will play Annora of the Alders. Prescient, mystical and beautiful, she offers predictions, cures and potions.

Other Executioner casting deets below:

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 The Bastard Executioner Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle (pictured, right): Tall, dark, imposing. Emotionally deep, spiritually tortured. Former knight in the charge of King Edward I. He now lives a simple agrarian life.

Kurt Sutter as The Dark Mute: Mate and guardian of Annora. Speaks rarely, no one’s ever seen his face.

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.

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 (Penny Dreadful) as Berber the Moor: A large, educated man. Converted Muslim. A farmer. Friend of Wilkin.

Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy) 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.

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    You had me at Matthew Rhys :-)

  2. jim says:

    Can’t wait for this one. Congrats FX

  3. Ma says:

    katey sagal as some sort of witch??? I’M IN

  4. J says:

    A total turn off, pretty much like it happened with True Blood. Can’t believe with how smart Sutter is, he actually casted him after the epic fail TB was and considering his skills as an actor. Ugh. Not gonna watch it and I was so looking forward to it!

    • Dude says:

      You just said “casted” so your intelligence level is pretty evident. Note for the future: The past-tense of cast, is cast.

      • Carda says:

        Dude, great comeback, logged in to say the same! ;)

        And J: just because you dislike TB doesn’t mean he’s a bad actor. Have you seen him in anything else? Are you yourself an actor or an expert judge of anything? Nope, then kindly stfu.

  5. Ellinas1978 says:


  6. LAwoman says:

    I’m in!

  7. Ava says:

    pretty sure it’s Sarah SweenEy…

  8. Morgan says:

    Sutter’s basically a narcissist, so it’s actually not that surprising that he took a role for himself.

    • Amy says:

      I think it’s hilarious he’s playing a mute and no one ever sees his face! Haha. Perfect role. And he’s a servant to his IRL wife? Awesome

    • Ginger says:

      Here, here Morgan !! You are so right about Kurt…..he loves himself so much…wont be watching unless his character is crazy like in Sons…would love to see him bite off his dick this time !!

  9. Phyllis says:

    Sounds like a great show – When will this drama air?

  10. Bwhit says:

    I think it’s awesome that they went with a lead actor who is not well known, at least not on Google (I looked it up, the first person that comes up is Tommy Lee Jones lol). I wasn’t very interested in the concept initially but after reading these descriptions, I will be giving it a try.

  11. Susan Harris says:

    Can’t Katey Sagal get a gig without her husband??

    • Wandering Oaken says:

      She can, but why not take advantage of it when her husband is writing great parts for her.

    • Ginger says:

      LOVE your comment Susan Harris !! l liked her better as Peg Bundy and she didnt even know Kurt then !! Guess she has to bribe him with sexua
      l favors to get to star in his shows, what do you think ? Anyone could play a bitch like Gemma…………but Peg Bundy ?? She was classic and comedy is harder than drama ….

  12. Liz says:

    Stephen Moyer back on tv! Yes!!

  13. Carda says:

    Beautiful Wales for the absolute win! Thanks Sutter! Looking forward to this!

  14. Megan says:

    SOA went down after season 4 so I’m a bit sceptical.
    So Kurt and Katey are in this as well as her daughter Sarah? Damn……

  15. Ginger says:

    Wont be watching. Hated Katey/Gemma and was glad to see her dead……..cant see her in period garb after leather and studs. l dont know, Kurt, but did people use the language you used in Sons back then ? l do know you wont have a problem degrading woman because that is what they did back then………..wont be watching. You had your share of a good run. Give someone else a chance like they gave you a chance on the show you wrote for that Milo was in….they gave you such accolades, but you’ve never given your writers any.

  16. tsevca says:

    And it looked so good…

  17. Jirka Raus says:

    black dude in the 14th century living in a Welsh rural community. don’t think so