Ed Sheeran is going medieval. The chart-topping musician has been tapped for a recurring role in Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s new FX series The Bastard Executioner, which is currently shooting its ten episode first season in Wales.
Created by Sutter, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the casting, Ed Sheeran will play Sir Cormac, an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder. The role marks a reunion of sorts between Ed Sheeran and Kurt Sutter. Sheeran, who is an admitted fan of Sons Of Anarchy, previously covered Foy Vance’s Make It Rain for one of the biker dramas final episodes in its seventh season.
Sheeran joins a cast which also includes Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, and Ethan Griffiths. The Americans star Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star.
The Bastard Executioner is produced by FX Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television, with Kurt Sutter, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay serving as executive producers. The show’s ten episode first season is expected to premiere on FX this Fall in the same berth that Sons Of Anarchy used to occupy, though a specific launch date has not yet been set.