Though viewers still have two more episodes of Sons of Anarchy to embrace, show creator Kurt Sutter is now shifting his focus to his new show, The Bastard Executioner. Now news is emerging that the show has a couple of other names attached to it that will be familiar to SOA fans.
Sutter posted a photo on Instagram teasing “New writers. New show. New mistakes. #soafx #finalride #TBX.” It seems that he’ll have some familiar company as he throws himself into the new show, which will be a very different type of vehicle from what he’s been doing on Sons of Anarchy for the past seven seasons.
According to Deadline, Katey Sagal will be joining Sutter on The Bastard Executioner in some capacity. SOA fans will surely be thrilled to hear this, as the Katey and Kurt combination has worked well in its most recent offering. As fans know, Katey and Kurt are married off-screen and she has starred as Gemma on Sons of Anarchy. Sagal was also attached to another Sutter/FX project called Diva. Clown. Killer, but it seems that show is set aside for the moment as this new show develops.
In addition to Sagal’s involvement, TV By the Numbers shares that Paris Barclay will be on-hand to get The Bastard Executioner started. Barclay has been heavily involved in SOA and now he will direct and produce Sutter’s pilot for the new venture. Sutter will produce the series with the help of Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
The Bastard Executioner will get underway in early 2015, with production taking place in Wales. The show is slated to be a period drama about a warrior knight under King Edward II. The knight vows to lay down his sword after being emotionally broken by war, but violence finds him again and he once again picks up his sword.
Aside from Sagal, it’s too early for any solid specifics regarding casting for the new show. Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, had joked that he had better get a chance to be in the new Sutter show, shares Zap2It. Given the fact that Sutter loves Hunnam, and Charlie is British so he’d be a fit in that regard, fans think it’s a great idea.
Will fans embrace Kurt Sutter’s new show with anywhere near the passion everybody has had for Sons of Anarchy? It seems that many are anxious to give it a shot, and right now it appears that The Bastard Executioner is likely slated for a fall 2015 FX premiere. For now, curious people will need to stay tuned for casting news to see who else will pop up on the new show.
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