Australian newcomer Lee Jones has locked down the lead, set to play Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is spiritually tortured and broken by the ravages of war, thus vowing to lay down his sword. However, when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Jones will appear alongside “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer and the previously announced Katey Sagal, who will also co-star alongside “Sons of Anarchy” creator and real-life husband Sutter, who’ll pull double duty both in front and behind the camera, as he did on “SOA,” which wrapped last December.
Also joining the period drama cast is Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney and Timothy V. Murphy who recurred on “Sons.” “The Americans'” Matthew Rhys will guest star.
Moyer, in his first series role since his HBO finale, will star as Milus Corbett, a street-smart and noble savvy, and one of Ventris’ former marshals in the army who now, serves as his chamberlain, chancellor and justiciar — and friend and drinking mate.
Sagal will star as Annora of the Alders, described as prescient, mystical and beautiful. She offers predictions, cures and potions. Sutter will play the guardian of Annora, The Dark Mute Mate. He speaks rarely and no one’s ever seen his face.
Spencer-Longhurst will star as Baroness Lowry ‘Love’ Aberffraw Ventris, who is just as cunning, as she is kind and beautiful. Coming from a wealthy Welsh family, she married Ventris at the age of 17 to protect her family’s land. Her noble duties always in conflict with her Welsh pride.
Spruell has been cast as the fierce and tenacious archer, Toran Prichard, who worked under Madog Llywelyn in the last major Welsh rebellion. He put down the bow and picked up the hoe, and is Wilkin’s (Jones) best mate.
Evans will star as Ash y Goedwig, a wiry, smart trapper who’s an orphan of the woods, and a friend of Wilkin. Sapani will play Berber the Moor, a large and educated man who’s a converted Muslim, farmer and also a friend of Wilkin. White will play Isabel Kiffin, Lady Love’s (Spencer-Longhurst) handmaiden and trusted confidant who is described as tall, awkward and innocent. Sweeney has been cast as the executioner’s wife, Jessamy Maddox who is pretty, but hardened by abuse.
Murphy, who worked with Sutter and Sagal in an arc on “Sons,” will star as Father Ruskin, a brawny, yet gentle former soldier with bottled-up fury. Ruskin left the military for the seminary, and is a priest, rector and teacher of the court.
Already a part of the FX family, Rhys will recur as Gruffudd y Blaidd. Smart, fearless and of noble blood, he is the leader of the Welsh rebels. Rhys’ guest role will not impact his starrer, “The Americans.”
French actor and model Matthieu Charneau booked a guest recurring role, as Ventris’ Servant.
Sutter, who penned the pilot, will also serve as exec producer, alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay who will direct. The project hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Production on the pilot begins on March 19 in Wales.
Jones is repped by Emery Entertainment; Moyer, Sagal and Sutter are repped by WME; Spencer-Longhurst by United Agents; Spruell by ICM and Silver Lining Entertainment; Evans by Troika; Sapani by Gordon and French; Murphy by SDB Partners; White by Gendler & Kelly, and APC; Sweeney by Lou Coulson Associates; Rhys by WME and Management 360; and Charneau by PCM International.