Ben Kingsley has been cast in a “key role” in Spike TV’s six-hour event series Tut, TVWise has learned.
Tut is set to tell the story of King Tut’s rise to power as the youngest Pharoah in the history of Egypt and his struggle to lead the country to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests.
Ben Kingsley, whose previous credits include Ghandi, Schindler’s List and Iron Man 3, has been cast as the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.
The six-hour event series is Spike TV’s first scripted effort in close to a decade and is being written by Michael Vickerman. Muse Entertainment is producing with Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas, Greg Gugliotta, Michael Vickerman, Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso and Sharon Levy serving as executive producers. Production on Tut is slated to commence this Fall on location in Canada and Morocco for a 2015 premiere.
“Tut is the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history. Who better to lead the cast than one of the greatest actors of our generation — Ben Kingsley”, said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Series. “The character he plays, Ay, is the true power behind the Tutankhamun throne. We are so fortunate to have an actor of Ben Kingsley’s stature to bring this character to life for Spike TV.”
While Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment, added: “We are confident that Ben Kingsley’s talents will help elevate this fascinating 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.”