Spike’s production of “Tut,” a period TV drama that will star Ben Kingsley (“Ghandi”) as the Egyptian king’s adviser, has found its king. Avan Jogia, the star of the ABC Family TV series “Twisted,” has been chosen to play the role of King Tut. Read further to learn more about this development.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to publish that Avan Jogia has snagged the role of the young Egyptian ruler, King Tutankhamen, for its six-hour limited production of “Tut.” He will join Ben Kingsley, who was first cast in the series last July as Ay, the king’s influential and powerful adviser.
Jogia hails from Canada and has started on television as a child actor on Nickelodeon. He is also starring on the ABC Family drama series “Twisted,” which recently finished its first season run. It is not yet known whether “Twisted” will proceed with a second season, as any announcement from its network has yet to be made.
Jogia just wrapped up filming “Ten Thousand Saints,” the Robert Pulcini-directed movie that stars Ethan Hawke (“Before Midnight”), Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild”) and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”). He is currently working on the set of “The Outskirts,” which he co-stars with Ashley Rickards (“Awkward”), Eden Sher (“The Middle”) and Victoria Justice (“Zoey 101”).
“We are thrilled to work with such an incredibly gifted young actor who is perfectly suited to take on the immensely complex character of King Tutankhamun,” said Sharon Levy, the executive vice president for Spike’s original programming, in a press release published on The Hollywood Reporter.
Muse Entertainment, the production company behind “Tut,” has expressed confidence in Jogia’s talent and strong following with younger fans as well.
“Tut” was originally given the green light last May 2014. The project is the first scripted series that Spike will be doing after eight years, with the aim of attracting a wider gender-balanced market.
The production of “Tut” will be set on location in Canada and Morroco, with a target airing in fall 2015.
And that’s the word on “Tut,” a high-concept TV drama series starring Ben Kingsley, which has already cast Avan Jogia as its young king. Keep checking Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this series.
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