Starz has lined up a star-studded cast for “Camelot,” the latest series take on the Arthurian legend.
The premium cable network announced on Thursday (June 3) that Joseph Fiennes (“FlashForward”), Eva Green (“Casino Royale”), Jamie Campbell Bower (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) and Tasmin Egerton (“St. Trinian’s”) will topline the 10-episode series, which will begin production later this month and will premiere in early 2011.
Bower, whose addition credits include AMC’s “The Prisoner,” will play Arthur, while Egerton will play Guinevere. Fiennes, better known for “Shakespeare in Love” than his one-season ABC drama (but we’re not prepared to let him off the hook just yet), will play the wizard Merlin, with “The Dreamers” star Green as the sorceress Morgana.
“With Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton in the cast, we”ve got actors who can bring real passion and intensity to their roles,” Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht says in a statement which lacks real passion and intensity.
A co-production between the Irish production company Octagon and Take 5 Productions in Canada and developed in association with the UK”s Ecosse Films, “Camelot” comes from producer Graham King’s GK-TV and will be broadcast on Starz in the United States and on CBS in Canada.
Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik adds, “All of the best TV shows were marked by great actors in the ideal parts, and that is certainly the case with the talented cast on ‘Camelot.'”
Meanwhile, “Merlin” is currently airing its second season on Syfy.