Grab your swords and prepare for battle because Kurt Sutter’s upcoming drama, “The Bastard Executioner,” will be premiering sooner than we thought! It was revealed that the epic medieval drama, which takes place in the early 14th century, will make its bloody debut on Tuesday, Sept. 15, with an action-packed two-hour premiere.
But that wasn't FX's only exciting announcement. The network also released a brand-new promo poster for the forthcoming drama, featuring Lee Jones, who portrays the show's lead character, Wilkin Brattle. Jones can be seen in character gripping the most dangerous weapon of all -- the executioner's sword.
The 10-episode freshman series of the historical drama will follow the story of Wilkin Brattle, a knight in King Edward I’s army who is “broken by the horrors of war” following a traumatizing event. Wilkin then vows to lay his weapon down, which is why he begins living a simple life as a farmer ... that is, until violence seeks him out once again. The warrior knight is forced to reprise his murderous role, becoming the feared executioner.
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood,” the show runner said in a statement regarding his upcoming drama. “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.”
Sutter isn’t the only one excited about the premiere of “The Bastard Executioner.” FX’s John Landgraf said in a statement that he’s been anxiously waiting to see Sutter back on air after the “unquestionable success of [‘Sons of Anarchy’].”
" 'The Bastard Executioner' has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as executive producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself,” Landgraf gushed. “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” will air its two-hour series premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10 p.m. EDT on FX.