Ed Sheeran will make his screen acting debut as Sir Cormac on Kurt Sutter's "The Bastard Executioner," and a new photo offers a first look at the singer-songwriter in costume.
Sheeran, a “Sons of Anarchy” fan who recorded a song for the show’s penultimate episode, will play Sir Cormac, an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder. The FX series stars Lee Jones as a knight broken by the ravages of war who tries to lay down the sword and take up the life of a farmer, only to be forced into bloodshed again.
In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sheeran revealed that this was his first real acting experience. "I did like school plays, national youth theater when I was younger. I have played myself in 'Home and Away.' I did 'Undateable.' I usually play myself. But I’m not really playing myself in this."
"I find that I have reputation of being a smiley approachable guy, so I wanted the opposite. I said to Kurt, make sure that I’m not typecast at all. Write me as a complete d—head in it. I feel like I need that," he added.
The six-time Grammy nominee joins a sprawling cast that also includes Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Sam Spruell, Matthew Rhys and Sutter himself.