‘Pillars’ nabs McShane, Sutherland

Cast also includes Sewell, Macfadyen

BERLIN — Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland and Rufus Sewell have joined the cast of “Pillars of the Earth,” a German-Canadian co-production based on the bestselling novel by Ken Follett.

Munich-based Tandem Communications and Montreal’s Muse Ent. are co-producing the eight-hour miniseries in association with Scott Free Films.

The series, about the building of a cathedral in 12th-century England, is set to begin principal photography on June 22 in Hungary and Austria.

Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has helmed episodes of “Heroes” and “Saving Grace,” and served as Steven Spielberg’s first assistant director on “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List,” is directing from script by John Pielmeier (“Hitler: The Rise of Evil”), who also stars in the production.

Additional cast members include Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Gordon Pinsent.

While “Pillars” has yet to be picked up in the U.S. or the U.K., it has sold to Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, CBC, The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada, Spain’s Sogecable, Austria’s ORF and TV2 in Hungary.

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