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.
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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 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.