Kurt Sutter's beloved drama series Sons of Anarchy came to an end last fall, but fans won't have to wait too long for the writer/producer's next series, The Bastard Executioner. Following the first trailer's debut earlier this month, FX has released four brief trailers for the medieval series, which tease a beheading, a rebellion, one warrior's vision of the past and the similarities between a cross and a sword. The trailers reveal a September debut for the upcoming series, but an exact premiere date has not been announced yet.
The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle Lee Jones), a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny. Guided by Annora, a mystical healer whose seeming omniscience keeps Wilkin under her sway; manipulated by Milus Corbett, a devious Chamberlain with grand political aspirations; and driven by a deepening connection with the Baroness Lady Love, Wilkin struggles to navigate political, emotional and supernal pitfalls in his quest to understand his greater purpose.
The Bastard Executioner features series regulars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and guest star Matthew Rhys. The Bastard Executioner was created by Kurt Sutter, who will serve as Executive Producer along with award-winning producers Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay. Sutter wrote the script for the pilot of The Bastard Executioner, which was directed by Barclay. The project is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
While Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy was set in a California town, the writer/producer goes in a completely different direction with this series, set in medieval England during King Edward I's reign between 1272 and 1307 A.D. The series creator will also have a regular role on the series as a Dark Mute, although he won't be fully recognizable, since the role requires full prosthetic makeup. His mysterious role could turn into a fun little game for the fans, trying to guess each week which character he's playing.
We haven't heard anything yet about any notable guest stars popping up on The Bastard Executioner, so we'll have to wait and see if any Sons of Anarchy cast members are brought into the fold. Kurt Sutter often used actors from The Shield, the FX cop drama which he worked on before creating Sons of Anarchy, so we'll have to wait and see if this tradition continues in The Bastard Executioner. While we wait for new details to come in, check out these new trailers for the upcoming TV series, debuting on FX this fall.