Sky 1 HD is describing it as “Doctor Who meets Prince of Persia in spectacularly epic style”; and now we can start counting down the weeks until the early-July premiere of Sinbad, that network’s a brand new 13-part series “that follows its protagonist’s sea-bound journey after he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra, under a curse.”
When Sky 1 HD announced the creation of the series back in 2010, they promised “a 21st century take on the classic 8th century iconic hero, Sinbad, reinvigorating the hero’s adventures for a contemporary audience.”
Newcomer Elliot Knight was tapped for the lead role, but Sinbad also features performances by S&A fave Sophie Okonedo, George Harris, Estella Daniels, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
A press release from Sky 1 HD’s Head of Drama a few months back read, “Our Sinbad is 21, reckless, utterly charming and cursed. Mysticism, magic, monsters and high octane action adventure, this Sinbad is always exciting and sometimes challenging. This unique series will have the ambition of Lost, the pace of 24, and take the viewer to visually stunning locations on both sea and land. Sky’s Sinbad will be a multi-layered series for today’s prime time audience.”
Check out the series’ full synopsis:
On the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother, the streetwise Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea. Surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his intriguing fellow ship-mates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Our flawed hero embarks on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny. When mystical meets muscle anything can happen.
Okonedo will star as Razia, Queen of the Water-Thieves; Harris stars as Zalelew; and Daniels will portray a character called Nala.
Again, there’s no official air date for the early-July premiere of Sinbad, as of yet. But we will let you know when we find out.