Spike TV is going big with its return to scripted fare.
Male-leaning cable network enlisted Ben Kingley star in his six-part miniseries King Tut, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. All hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for being Emmy nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. Of the society Joel S. Rice and Michel Prupas as well as Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will serve as executive producer alongside the writer Michael Vickerman (Impact), Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters) and the island of Elicia Jeremy Elice and Angela Mancuso (Spartacus, Helen of Troy). Irene Litinski (To be human) serves as the producer.
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Kingsley, Oscar winner for his leading role in Gandhi and three-time nominee, will play Ay, King Tutankhamun’s Grand Vizier, who wields considerable power and influence as the young Egyptian ruler’s chief adviser.
“Tut is the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history. Who better to lead the cast than one of the greatest actors of our generation – Ben Kingsley, ” Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy noted. “The character he plays, Ay, is the real power behind Tutankhamun’s throne. We are so lucky to have an actor of Ben Kingsley’s stature to bring this character to life for Spike.
All will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and Canada in the fall for a 2015 premiere. sexes.
Kingsley’s credits include his Oscar-nominated roles in House of sand and fog, sexy beast and Bugsy. He won two Golden Globes for his role in Gandhi. More recently, his resume includes Hugo, Ender’s game and iron man 3. His next films are The walk, highway, Night at the Museum 3, Exodus and Disinterested. It is replaced by CAA.
Spike first announced that he was developing All in September and officially gave the project the go-ahead in May.
Cable networks have turned to limited series of events in an effort to enter — or in Spike’s case, re-enter — the scripted space. The short-term order is also helping attract top talent as cable companies seek to generate awards season buzz and DVR-proof programming in an effort to reduce clutter.