Former NCIS star Cote de Pablo has been cast as one of the leads in CBS’ upcoming four-hour miniseries The Dovekeepers.
The Dovekeepers is set in Ancient Israel and pick up when 900 Jews, who were forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, are ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The miniseries will recount the unfolding events from the perspective of four extraordinary women who arrive at Masada independently and with unique backstories, but who share a common bond for survival
Cote de Pablo will play Shirah, one of the four women at the centre of the miniseries. She is sensual, mysterious and a fiercely independent single mother with uncanny insights and a quiet and mysterious power. She is derided by many as the “Witch of Moab,” as she covertly practices forbidden ancient rites of magic and is keenly knowledgeable about herbal remedies. However, those in need don’t hesitate to approach her for her help and generosity of spirit.
“We are thrilled to have Cote de Pablo starring in The Dovekeepers,” said Executive Producer Roma Downey. “Her talent, strength and beauty will light up the screen in the important role of Shirah.”
The four hour mini-series is based on Alice Hoffman’s novel of the same name and marks CBS return to mini/event series, an area which most of the major networks have returned to in the last year or so, with the most high profile example being Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. The Dovekeepers is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media. The executive producers are Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. CBS Studios International is handling global distribution.