Kurt Sutter wasted little time after the end of Sons of Anarchy(which starred Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller for seven seasons) to produce his next series, The Bastard Executioner, which is already gearing up for a fall release. With the new series starring some of the original cast members from Sons of Anarchy, including Katey Sagal and Timothy V. Murphy, Sutter recently revealed that he does want to include other alums as the new show moves forward.
“Charlie [Hunnam] really wants to come and do, like, a little arc but, he’s sort of booked solid for the next three years, so I don’t know if that’ll happen,” Sutter related in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But we still have Timothy V. Murphy and I’m sure we’ll get some of our Irish dudes that we cast at some point on Sons.”
Since production of the series has taken place primarily in Wales, Sutter admitted that it’s been hard getting American actors to commit.
“It’s hard to schlep over American actors. It’s been primarily British actors, other than all the people that are related to me that are in the show.”
The Bastard Executioner centers on the story of Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight under King Edward III who promises to leave behind his past life of violence. However, Brattle is soon forced to return to his violent ways as he becomes the executioner.
The new medieval drama stars Lee Jones as Brattle, Katey Sagal as Annora of the Alders, Stephen Moyer as Milus, and Matthew Rhys in a guest role. Additionally, as in his past series, Sutter is set to play a role in the show as the Dark Mute.
With the premiere of the first episode of The Bastard Executioner just around the corner, Sutter assured fans that there wouldn’t be any pointless violence in the show.
“Nothing wrong with colorful brutality,” Sutter told NY Daily News.”But the violence on ‘Sons,’ as absurd as it could be sometimes, always came from an organic place. For every violent act there were ramifications. And that’s my mandate here.”
Sutter went on to discuss the events in the pilot episode and set the stage for the story’s backdrop.
“It’s a medieval setting, and their punishment (could be) brutal and heinous. So that’s a reality. But there are ways to portray violence that don’t make it openly gratuitous… There are two battle sequences and an execution. The other, you know, 7,412 scenes portray emotional conflict, moral conflict, spiritual angst.”
The Bastard Executioner is set to premiere on September 15 on FX.
As for Charlie Hunnam, he can next be seen in Crimson Peak this October and in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur in July 2016. He is currently in Belfast, filming The Lost City of Z with Robert Pattinson.
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