Ray Winstone to Star in ABC Biblical Drama 'Of Kings and Prophets'

The BAFTA nominee and International Emmy winner will play the first king of Israel.
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Ray Winstone is headed to the small screen.

The two-time BAFTA nominee (That Summer, Nil by Mouth) has been tapped to star in ABC's biblical drama pilot Of Kings and Prophets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The drama is describedas an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

Winstone is set for King Saul, the first kind of Israel who is suffering from what today would be considered bipolar disorder and PTSD.

From ABC Studios, Exodus' Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will pen the script and exec produce alongside Jason Reed, Reza AslanMahyad Tousi and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the latter of whom will direct the pilot.

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For Winstone, the role marks his first U.S. broadcast pilot after U.K. roles in minis Moonfleet, Great Expectations and Ben Hur. On the feature side, his roles include The Departed, Hugo and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He won an International Emmy for his role in 2005's Vincent. He's repped by Creative Artists Management and Three Six Zero Group.

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