Spike has unveiled the key art for its six-hour, three-night event series Tut starring Oscar winner Ben Kingsley ahead of the July 19 premiere. With the tagline “Boy.Rebel.King”, it focuses on one of the story’s central plot points — the complex relationship between King Tut, played by Avan Jogia, and his closest adviser, Vizer Ay, played by Kingsley.
“Using a cross process technique, the key art captures the characters’ dynamic as they are merged together,” according to Spike’s description. The effect is intended to “create layers of intrigue, that mirror the layers of complexity in the characters. The Egyptian colors of blue and gold are used to “evoke a sense of warmth and coldness, of life and death.”
Tut revolves around Tutankhamun aka King Tut, his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. It is produced for Spike by Muse Entertainment, with exec producers Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas, Greg Gugliotta, Michael Vickerman, Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso, Sharon Levy and David Von Ancken, who also directs. Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg wrote the teleplay.