Oliver Rix (The Duel At Blood Creek) and Simone Kessell (Terra Nova) have been cast as male and female leads in ABC’s drama pilot Of Kings And Prophets. The project from ABC Studios is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Ray Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

Rix, repped by Link and the Artist Partnership in the UK, will play David, the second king of Israel. Kessell, repped by Roar and Julia Buchwald, is Anohim, the queen of Israel, wife of Saul (Winstone) and a top adviser to the throne. This is Brit Rix’s breakout into the U.S. market, previously having worked on WPC 56 and The Musketeers for the BBC. Kessell starred on the current season of Wonderland and next will be seen in feature 2:22 opposite Michael Huisman and Teresa Palmer.