Multi-awarded actor Ben Kingsley is set to star in “Tut,” an event series that will air on Spike TV. He will play the role of Ay, who is one of the top advisors to King Tutankhamun, the Egyptian ruler. Read further to learn more about the series “Tut.”
SpikeTV, known mostly for its male-centric programs, has not produced an original scripted series in eight years. With the network working on improving its programming to include a more gender-balanced viewership, the cable channel has picked up “Tut” as its first scripted series offering after many years.
The show is centered on a very influential character, Ay, who is believed to be the true power behind King Tut’s throne. The network acknowledged that this is the “biggest and most ambitious project” they have undertaken, and picking Ben Kingsley for the titular character couldn’t have been better.
“We are confident that Ben Kingsley’s talents will help elevate this fascinating six hour limited series to the highest international levels. Kingsley’s acting experience will enhance this drama about Tutankhamen, the boy-king of Ancient Egypt, in a way that has never been told before,” said Michael Prupas, Muse Entertainment’s CEO in a press release published on Zap2it.
Muse Entertainment is producing the series for SpikeTV along with Elice Island Entertainment. The company is behind the award-winning series, “The Kennedys,” which aired on Lifetime in 2013.
Ben Kingsley is famous for his role as Ghandi, the Indian social leader, for which he earned an Oscar trophy, as well as Golden Globes and BAFTA awards. The actor has also played key parts in impressionable movies like “Sexy Beast,” “Schindler’s List,” “House of Sand and Fog” and “Shutter Island.” Kingsley is currently working on the live action adaptation of “The Jungle Book.”
Production for “Tut,” which has been set for six episodes, will begin in the fall, with locations like Canada and Morocco as its choices. The project has enlisted David Von Ancken as its director, with Michael Vickerman, Bradley Bredeweg and Pete Paige as writers.
First announced by SpikeTV as under development in September 2013, “Tut” was greenlit last May 2014. The show is set to debut on the cable channel in 2015.
And that’s the news on “Tut,” a six-part event series that will star Ben Kingsley and will be airing on SpikeTV in 2015. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) as we provide updates about this series.
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