In a very competitive situation, WME has signed Lee Jones, the newcomer star of Kurt Sutter’s upcoming FX period drama series The Bastard Executioner. After an extensive worldwide casting search, the unknown Australian theater actor landed the starring role in February. He was repped at the time by American managers, Eric Emery and Michael Valeo, and an Australian agent, Sophie Jermyn, triggering a race among U.S. talent agencies to sign him. (Jones continues to be repped by Emery, Valeo and Jermyn). There was a good reason for that — Sutter’s previous FX series, Sons Of Anarchy, turned its young lead Charlie Hunnam into a star.
Recently picked up to series with a 10-episode order, the gritty Bastard Executioner, from Imagine TV, Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., tells the story of a warrior knight (Jones) in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and Sutter co-star and Matthew Rhys guest stars on the series, set to begin filming in the UK in early July.