Oscar winner Ben Kingsley has been tapped for a starring role in Spike TV’s Tut. He will play Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler The six-hour event series revolves around Tutankhamun, aka King Tut (who reigned c. 1333 to 1323 BC), the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt, whose famous golden sarcophagus has become one of the symbols of the ancient civilization. Shooting begins this fall in Morocco and Canada. It’s slated to debut in 2015.

“Tut is the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history. Who better to lead the cast than one of the greatest actors of our generation — Ben Kingsley,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. Levy. “The character he plays, Ay, is the true power behind the Tutankhamun throne. We are so fortunate to have an actor of Ben Kingsley’s stature bring this character to life for Spike.”

Kingsley won an Oscar, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards for his portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma in Gandhi. He also had three Oscar nominations for his roles in Bugsy, Sexy Beast, and House of Sand And Fog. His most recent film roles include Hugo, Enders Game, and Iron Man 3, He will next be seen in upcoming films The Walk, Autobahn, Night At The Museum 3, Exodus, and Selfless.

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This marks the first event/limited series for Spike since 2007′s The Kill Point. Tut will be produced by Muse Entertainment with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas exec producing. 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 David Von Ancken (Hell On Wheels) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (The Fosters). Sharon Levy, EVP, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an executive producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky, Gilles Perrault (Being Human), and Guy Louthan (The Call).