SONS OF ANARCHY Creator’s Next, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, Swings Into Action This Fall On FX

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11329912_564989576976135_1020907530088035361_nSteel yourself for a gripping and brutal journey through the Late Middle Ages as FX has ordered a 10-episode first season of Kurt Sutter’s new series THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER.

Sutter, the creator/showrunner of SONS OF ANARCHY, and an impressive cast recently completed production of the pilot in Wales, where production will resume this summer before airing on FX this fall.

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.

“From his important contributions to THE SHIELD to his epic run on SONS OF ANARCHY, [Sutter] has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said John Landgraf (CEO of FX Networks). THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay (director of many episodes of SONS OF ANARCHY) joining [Sutter] as Executive Producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself. We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.”

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER -- Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle. Photo courtesy of Ollie Upton/FX.

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER — Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle. Photo courtesy of Ollie Upton/FX.

“Kurt Sutter and Brian Grazer have been spectacular creative partners — and dear friends — to our studio for years, and their collaboration has resulted in a fantastic and epic new series,” commented Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, whose Fox 21 TV Studios will produce the project with FX Productions. THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, written by [Sutter] and directed by the talented Paris Barclay, is dangerous, brilliant, emotional and undeniable. This is the perfect follow-up to SONS and another huge event series for FX from Fox 21TVS and FXP. Viewers are in for a wild and spellbinding ride.”

Added Sutter, “I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving fact and fiction to create a new mythology that combines all these elements. And with this extraordinary cast — Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and newcomer, Lee Jones — this world explodes on screen. I love working with FX and Fox21TVS. They’ve been my family for 15 years. They not only tolerate me, they embrace my extremely disturbing storytelling sensibilities.”

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER features series regulars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and guest star Matthew Rhys.

Stay tuned this coming fall for the series premiere.

Courtesy of FX Networks.

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Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.