Behold, the first glimpse of the hero of Sky1 HD’s epic fantasy drama Sinbad, Elliot Knight.
The 20-year-old newcomer will be starring in the iconic role of the reckless, charming and cursed sailor, but the 8th century myth is being given a distinctly 21st century makeover.
Sinbad is currently filming in Malta for transmission in 2012. Appearing alongside Knight will be a host of well-known faces, including Lost’s Naveen Andrews, who plays Sinbad’s nemesis Lord Akbari, Sophie Okonedo as Razia, Queen of the Water-Thieves and Timothy Spall as Anicetus, The Old Man of the Sea.
Knight said he was thrilled to have landed the role: "Sinbad is a great character for any actor to be able to play: impulsive, adventurous, passionate, loyal and brave; a true hero. His story is packed with action, adventure and fantasy and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of bringing him to life for a new generation.”
The 13-part series follows Sinbad’s sea-bound journey after he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra, under a curse. On board The Providence an intriguing band of travellers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan - Marchlands), the lithe and agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett – The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels – Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the Cook (Junix Inocian – The 51st State), an odd-ball and eccentric character and the ship’s cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas – Grange Hill).
Surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his fellow ship-mates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Our flawed hero embarks on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny. When mystical meets muscle anything can happen….
Huw Kennair-Jones, Sky’s Drama Commissioning Editor, commented: “As our biggest original drama commission to date Sinbad is a hugely exciting project for Sky1 HD, and the casting of the lead role was always going to be crucial. But from the first moment we saw Elliot we knew that we’d found someone really special who sums up everything that our Sinbad should be – contemporary, spirited, full of life, wit and charm - he’s a truly exciting new talent for the channel."
Sinbad is an Impossible Pictures production for Sky and BBC Worldwide, produced with the assistance of Nine Network Australia.
Should be an interesting series. Source here
Edited by darkestboy, Jun 24, 2012 @ 10:14 AM.