As if we weren’t already going crazy with anticipation for the debut of The Bastard Executioner, Steve talks about his feelings upon first reading the script. Now we really can’t wait for the premiere! Strange to think that last September, we were saying goodbye to True Blood and this September, we’ll be saying hello to a new series for Steve!
Kurt Sutter spoke with Vulture’s John Horn to promote his first feature film Southpaw, but also delved into a discussion about The Bastard Executioner. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
Can you tell us a little bit more about The Bastard Executioner, and if you think it’s a natural follow-up to Sons of Anarchy?
I guess it follows a natural path as far as characters go. As I said, I’m really drawn to sort of broken and conflicted heroes, and Wilkin Brattle, who’s the lead in The Bastard Executioner, is deeply conflicted but about different things, you know? And I knew after seven seasons of The Shield and seven seasons of Sons that I didn’t want to get into yet another contemporary-crime-ish kind of project. And not necessarily looking for something, period, but just looking for something in a different wheelhouse. Something that scared me a little bit. The process of this coming together happened with Brian Grazer, and it’s definitely terrified me.
In what way?
It terrified me because obviously it’s a different world, completely different conflict, the dialogue is completely different, the vernacular is completely different, the rhythm completely different. So I really was forced to reeducate my ear, have an understanding of language and what language would be appropriate. I’m not doing traditional Old English speech because no matter how well that’s done to me, it just always sounds goofy. So it’s a mix of a somewhat contemporary rhythm, but with words of the period. I never use any modern vernacular. So we strike that balance, but definitely it was an education for my ear and for my ability to write dialogue. It’s been really super-challenging, and I love history, so being able to immerse myself in the insane lineage of the Plantagenets has been a blast. Had I pitched any of those story lines or any of those family trees to anybody, they would have thought I was insane and thrown me out. They make my stuff look tame.
But that’s what Sons of Anarchy gives you, right? That somebody is not going to laugh you out of the room when you say, “We’re going to make this about …”
That’s true. I mean, [FX president] John Landgraf, who I have a great relationship with, and we had talked about this project and his only concern with The Bastard Executioner was that he wasn’t sure if people would want to watch something where there was a head in the basket every week. And I said, “I know.” It won’t be like a CSI: Wales. It won’t just be a formula and every week we have to find who owns the head.
Was that the alternate title? The Head in the Basket?
That’s right, The Head in the Basket. But we’ve figured out an interesting way in, and how to work in the rebellion that was going on in Wales at the time, which, you know, ended up being great external pressure for our characters in the world. That all sort of happened in a really symbiotic way.
Be sure to head over to vulture.com to read the rest of Kurt Sutter’s interview. He’s a fascinating guy, and has a pretty interesting discussion about what makes his characters tick.
Finally, we’re giving you some Stephen Moyer, well … sorta. FX Network has released a number of short trailers from The Bastard Executioner that could be considered cast teasers. Only one includes Steve’s character, Milus Corbett, but at this point in time we’ll take what we can get.
To view all the teasers visit FX Networks.
We know we said our next item would be about Steve, well … it is and it isn’t. While watching a recording of The Strain from Sunday, July 26th, a very short ad for The Bastard Executioner came on. And lo and behold, a partial air date was shown. IMDB may have October listed as the premiere month, but ’tis not so, Steve fans. We can expect to see our man an entire month earlier.
THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER PREMIERES IN SEPTEMBER!
Steve is on his way to your television screen earlier than previously expected!
If you watch the below video, please ignore the bad lighting and my foster dog prancing around in the background … she thought this was an introduction to her 15 minutes of fame.
And here’s the ‘dog-free’ video, released from FX’s YouTube channel with the caption, “The Sword- Vengeance shall be exacted. The Bastard Executioner swings into action this September on FX.”
We apologize now for getting your hopes up that this story is about Steve, it really isn’t. It is about The Bastard Executioner, though! To our amazement and strange enough … our enjoyment, it seems Ed Sheeran has joined the cast of TBX. If for some reason you’ve been leading a sheltered life and have no idea who he is, he’s a singer/song writer and six time Grammy nominee.
Sheeran is Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2014 and has been selling out shows worldwide, including multiple shows at Madison Square Gardens. This songwriter of the year will have a recurring role on TBX and is set to play Sir Cormac, an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder. It certainly sounds like a role Ed can have fun with.
Hmmm … can we expect to see not only Mr. Sheeran’s name in the cast credits, but also listed in the credits for his music?
Once again, we apologize for no new news about Steve, but we’re sure something new will be coming along soon.
Just for fun, here’s a video of Ed Sheeran.
And for even more fun and to make up for the lack of Steve, here’s a well loved video of our handsome man from a few years ago. Enjoy!
We think the gods might just love all the fans in Stevedom, as it’s rumored that Steve has signed onto another new television series with his old alma mater, HBO. I’m sure a number of you have read the series of books that began with All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot, so this news should be quire exciting for you … if it’s true. I know these books were among my favourite reads as a teenager.
The series told the story of vet James Herriot and his little adventures rescuing farm animals and pets in the fictional Yorkshire village of Darrowby. This HBO big budget series, is a remake of BBC’s vintage drama, but will be ‘sexier’ and ‘glossier’, according to a production insider.
The cast includes Dominic West in the lead role of James Herriot and Sex in the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker playing James’ wife. Hugh Laurie has been cast as the vet’s grumpy boss, Siegfried Farnon, and Steve is supposedly cast as the fun loving character, Tristan Farnon. I think we can expect Steve to fulfill the ‘sexier’ part of this series if his character follows the books.
True Blood actor Stephen Moyer is also thought to have been lined up to play Siegfried’s (Hugh Laurie) young brother Tristan.
Sources say,‘So far the series is only in the planning stages, but there are some great ideas being thrown around.’
Since this new HBO endeavor is just in the planning stages, we’ll assume they’ll eventually film at a different time of year than TBX. Can you imagine Steve on your television all year long? Now that would be heaven on earth! We’ll just have to keep our eyes and ears open for future news.
For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.
Today is Anna Paquin’s birthday, although it looks like she’ll be doing her celebrating tomorrow. Here’s wishing a fantastic year of health, love, and happiness for Anna and her family!
FX has released two new teaser trailers to promote the much anticipated fall premiere of The Bastard Executioner. Unfortunately there is no Steve in these previews, but there’s still enough to whet our appetites for the series to begin. The first clip is titled, “Kneel,” with the ominous warning, “pray you don’t cross his path.”
The second teaser, titled “Scythe” informs the viewer that “nothing shall stand in his path.”
The Bastard Executioner premieres this fall on the FX Network.
The nominees for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and one of Steve’s projects made the cut! Killing Jesus picked up a nomination for “Outstanding TV Movie”. While we’re a bit bummed that Steve didn’t receive an acting nomination (or come to think of it, how about a nod for “best in toga”?), it’s still great that the film itself received this recognition.
The Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on September 20th.
Looks like The Bastard Executioner now has a page on fxnetworks.com and they’ve also treated us with this synopsis of the show. Based on the description of Milus, it appears that Steve will be playing another layered character. We can’t wait!
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle, a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny.
Guided by Annora, a mystical healer whose seeming omniscience keeps Wilkin under her sway; manipulated by Milus Corbett, a devious Chamberlain with grand political aspirations; and driven by a deepening connection with the Baroness Lady Love, Wilkin struggles to navigate political, emotional and supernal pitfalls in his quest to understand his greater purpose.
The Bastard Executioner will be premiering this fall on FX.
Can you imagine the photo collection that Anna and Steve must possess? We’re always grateful when one of them chooses to bless us with a new (or old) photo, and this photo is certainly no exception! One can only imagine what was going on when this was taken, but according to Anna’s tweet, it had something to do with a costume fitting with Audrey Fisher.
Patience is a virtue and we’ve finally been rewarded for ours. The first trailer for The Bastard Executioner was released at Comic Con yesterday during the FX TV Block Panel. Stephen Moyer graced us with a number of scenes, so we’ll assume this bodes well for us that Steve will have his fair share of screen time. So put your hands up in the air and give us your happy dance!
BRING IT ON STEVE!
The Bastard Executioner featurette that was shown next reveled lead star Lee Jones, a very long-haired Katay Sagal and a royal Stephen Moyer talking about their charterers in the show. The footage also showed Jones’ character traveling across the medieval landscape and impersonating an executioner before Moyer’s royal personage. The Jones character seemed incredibly conflicted about the nature of his executioner duties.
Aly Hazlewood shared on Twitter this great photo of Steve and her from the set of The Bastard Executioner. It comes as no surprise to see that Steve has endeared himself to yet another colleague. Summer is breezing by, so the premiere of TBX will be here before we know it. In the meantime, we’ll look forward to these little social media gems …
Hell yeah! Not only are we prepared, we’re past ready for some TBX starring some sexy and hopefully nekkid men led by Mr. Stephen Moyer.
The cast of The Bastard Executioner arrived in Wales last week to continue shooting this much anticipated television series by Kurt Sutter. And in just four days, some lucky fans will be getting a sneak peek at the pilot episode.
Not only will fans get a glimpse of the new series, but FX is making it possible for you to get your hands on some TBX memorabilia. FX Network has teamed up with illustrator Martin Ansen to come up with a series of cards for many of their upcoming shows. Needless to say, The Bastard Executioner is included. You can pick up these promotional cards at the FX Fearless Arena at the Hilton Bayfront Park Hotel.
ENVY is our four letter word of the week … wish we were going.
Since their arrival back in England, Steve and Anna have been partaking in a number of local events, and we’ve got another round of new pics. This time, the lovely couple were spotted at The Audi UK Polo Challenge in Cambridge, England. Steve also shared a picture on his Instagram of the missus with Matt Smith. We sure are getting spoiled with all these new pictures!