Now that Sons of Anarchy has wrapped, Kurt Sutter has moved his focus to his newest project, The Bastard Executioner (could there possibly be a more Sutter-iffic title?) The drama series is currently in the pilot stage, and will begin production March 19th in Wales.
The synopsis for the series sounds a lot like themes Sutter explored throughout Sons of Anarchy, particularly that show’s Shakespearean influences. And in this incarnation, Sutter indeed takes the story closer to the Bard’s time:
A period drama, The Bastard Executioner 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.
There’s no anarchy like medieval anarchy.
We know Sutter loves violence. But he also loves FX, for whom the pilot is being made. FX and Sutter have had a long and fruitful partnership, with the network allowing the showrunner to take a lot of liberties with the last few seasons of SOA regarding runtime. But The Bastard Executioner is a new kind of foray for FX when it comes to it being a period drama, something they don’t often trade in (at least, not this far back).
As for the cast, Australian theater actor Lee Jones will play the lead role of Wilkin Brattle, with True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as Milus Corbett, a friend and drinking mate. Katey Sagal will also star as Annora of the Alders, a kind of apothecary. Naturally, Sutter will also appear as her guardian who never speaks, and whose face is never seen.
Additional cast members include Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Darren Evans, Sam Spruell, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, and Sarah Sweeny, along with guest star Matthew Rhys (who is currently starring in the FX series The Americans, which it will not affect).
Brian Grazer will also serve as executive producer alongside Sutter, Francie Calfo, and Paris Barclay. Sutter wrote the pilot script, which Barclay will direct. And though the series is likely to be picked up, it’s important to remember it’s currently just casting for a pilot, and has not yet been given a series order.