Spike TV Announces More Leading Characters for ‘Tut’ Event Series – Nonso Anozie & Kylie Bunbury Included

Spike TV Announces More Leading Characters for 'Tut' Event Series - Nonso Anozie & Kylie Bunbury Included

6 crucial roles in Spike TV’s upcoming event series have been cast, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

Of note, British actor Nonso Anozie (above-left) will play the savvy military, yet power hungry, strategist General Horemheb. The accomplished stage and screen talent recently appeared on the small screen as Renfield in NBC’s “Dracula” and as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.”

Also Canadian-born actress Kylie Bunbury (above-right) has been cast to portray Suhad, the beautiful and endearing girl of Mitanni descent who develops a strong bond with the young Egyptian king, despite the fact she is not of royal bloodlines. Bunbury is best known for her portrayal of Lacey Porter in the ABC Family series, “Twisted,” as well as her co-starring role opposite Jonah Hill in “The Sitter” for FOX.

Sibylla Deen plays Ankhe, the calculating and conniving sister-wife of King Tutankhamun. Deen is an up-and-coming Australian actress who is a breakout star in FX’s critically-acclaimed new hit series, “Tyrant,” portraying the character of Nusrat Al Fayeed.

Alexander Siddig is a highly accomplished stage and screen actor who plays High Priest Amun, a major political figure who holds great influence in King Tutankhamun’s inner sanctum. Siddig’s impressive resume includes “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz) “24” (FOX), “Hannibal” (FOX), “Atlantis” (BBC); and films “The Fifth Estate,” “Cairo Time,” and “May in the Summer.” He is currently on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the new play “Holy Warriors.” In July, HBO announced Siddig has been cast in “Game of Thrones” as Doran Martell for the hit series’ fifth season.

Peter Gadiot plays Ka, King Tutankhamun’s close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood who harbors a secret love for Ankhe, Tut’s wife. Gadiot is best known for his portrayal of Cyrus, the mysterious genie in the ABC’s series, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.” Gadiot currently plays the recurring character Caesar in the El Rey original series, “Matador.”

Iddo Goldberg plays Lagus, an Egyptian soldier who develops a special bond with King Tutankhamun. Goldberg’s television credits include “Salem” (WGN America), “Mob City” (TNT), “Secret Diary of A Call Girl” (ITV2), “Peaky Blinders” (BBC Two); along with appearances in “The Mentalist” (CBS) and “NCIS” (CBS). His film credits include “While We Were Here”, “The Tourist,” “Last Passenger,” and “Defiance.” Iddo is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment (US) and Gordon & French (UK).

Recently, Spike TV announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in the key role of Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler. The role of King Tutankhamun will be played by Canadian up-and-comer, Avan Jogia.

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco this fall and will debut on the network in 2015. This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years.

“Tut” is being produced for Spike TV by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

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Comments

saadiyah

GORO911–So it’s the Afrocentrics that are trying to "hijack a revered culture" not, Arabs or Whites? Today’s Egyptians are a mixed people and many have evident Black African ancestry. That country didn’t start out inhabited by people who look like they do now. Somalia and Ethopia now have people that are a variety of shades, hair textures, and eye colors. That’s attributed to the arrival of Arabs and Europeans and their mixing with the existing Black population. Egypt is similar. What ANCIENT Middle Eastern country has a culture similar ANCIENT Egypt? Europeans or Asians would balk the thought that other races were claiming part of their history and accomplishments, yet Black Africans are supposed to contently accept the erasure and stealing of theirs?

Goro911

Funny how Afrocentrics are trying to paint the entire African continent as black, as though African and black mean the same thing. "African" is a geographical term, not a genetic or cultural.
Egypt may be on the African continent but so is Morocco, Tunisia and other nations, and these peoples share more of a similar heritage to the Arabs and ancient Persians than they do with the people of Central, Coastal and South Africa.
Not all Africans are black and Egypt, being so close to the Middle East in culture and heritage is more of an Arabic historical area than it ever was as black.
That in no way diminishes the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians. Its so sad and petty that some are trying to hijack a revered culture like Ancient Egypt for political reasons
Funny how Afrocentrics are trying to paint the entire African continent as black, as though African and black mean the same thing. "African" is a geographical term, not a genetic or cultural.
Egypt may be on the African continent but so is Morocco, Tunisia and other nations, and these peoples share more of a similar heritage to the Arabs and ancient Persians than they do with the people of Central, Coastal and South Africa.
Not all Africans are black and Egypt, being so close to the Middle East in culture and heritage is more of an Arabic historical area than it ever was as black.
That in no way diminishes the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians. Its so sad and petty that some are trying to hijack a revered culture like Ancient Egypt for political reasons

Jenna

Super excited about this cast! Kingsley, Jogia, Bunbury — wow, this will be amazing!

Jackie

The fact that Spike TV attempted to pursue a more diverse cast as a whole than Ridley Scott with his Exodus film is kind of astounding. Given Spike TV's usual fair the show feels like it's a bit out of their wheelhouse but good luck to them.

Anonymous

King Tut and Amun characters should be played by black men period, not Arabs. King Tut was of Bantu descent. Ancient Kemet were all original black Africans. At least find dark skinned Ethiopian actors to play the parts. Damn!

We can't expect Hollywood to reveal the true nature of one of the greatest civilizations that ever was. Their culture bandits!

Katie

No black person as the lead? Pass.

ElizabethC

Sounds like a great premise and a wonderful cast.

Loved Avan and Kylie from Twisted. I felt that Twisted wasted a golden opportunity of their chemistry and onscreen magic. Glad that Tut hired them both.

Great that the cast seems diverse and has a wealth of various prior acting experiences that they bring to the miniseries! I look forward to seeing this in 2015.

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