After selling out stadiums around the world, Ed Sheeran will be putting down the microphone and will be picking up a steel sword. The six-time Grammy winner will be coming to TV’s everywhere this fall where he will have a recurring role on FX’s “The Bastard Executioner.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sheeran will appear in a role darker on the show than most people would think. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is expected to play Sir Cormac, an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder. And surprisingly, this isn't Sheeran's first time working with series creator Kurt Sutter. Sheeran recorded a version of Joy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for the second to last episode of Sutter's now defunct FX drama “Sons of Anarchy.”
This year has been a good one for Sheeran, who was named Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2014. His second full-length album, Grammy-nominated "X," shot to No. 1 in 14 countries, and has since seen its worldwide sales exceed 9 million, Screen Rant said. It achieved platinum status in 18 countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., where it became the top seller in 2014. The musician also appeared on NBC’s “Undatable” earlier this year, and announced a live concert special that will air on NBC later this summer.
Sheeran will also be on tour this September, which will end in New York City at Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 26.
“The Bastard Executioner” is a forthcoming medieval drama. The show will star “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer, Katey Segal of “Sons of Anarchy” and newcomer Lee Jones as the show’s main character, Wilkin Brattle.
In an interview with Vulture, Sutter said he was looking to make a different show and not another project like “Sons of Anarcy” and “The Shield.”
“I knew after seven seasons of 'The Shield' and seven seasons of 'Sons' that I didn't want to get into yet another contemporary, crime-ish kind of project. And not necessarily looking for something, period, but just looking for something in a different wheelhouse,” Sutter dished.
"The Bastard Executioner" will premiere on FX in October.