‘The Fall’s Emmett J. Scanlan To Star In NBC Limited Seres ‘A.D.’

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Emmett J. Scanlan has lined up his next job.

The actor, who stars as DC Glen Martin in the BBC Two drama The Fall, has been cast in A.D., NBC’s 12 episode limited series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, which is a follow up to the 2013 ratings hit The Bible.

The 12 episode series explores the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, A.D. focuses on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.

Per Deadline, Scanlan will play Saul, A fervent Jewish follower, who is aggressive and zealous in his admiration of the Temple and his people’s traditions. This marks the second NBC drama that the Scanlan has landed a key role in this year (he also has a recurring role on Constantine). In addition to The Fall, his previous television credits include Hollyoaks and In The Flesh.

Other cast members lined up for A.D. include Jodhi May (Ice Cream Girls), Vincent Regan (The Musketeers), Richard Coyle (Covert Affairs), Adam Levy (Borgia), Greta Scacchi (Poirot), Juan Pablo di Pace (Dallas), Chipo Chung (Sherlock), Babou Ceesay (Puppy Love) and Joanne Whalley (Jamaica Inn).

A.D. has been in the works at NBC since last summer, when the network beat off strong competition to land the project. The series, set to premiere on April 5th, is produced by the network’s sister studio Universal Television in association with LightWorkers Media. The executive producer are Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Richard Bedser.