Avan Jogia will play the young renowned Egyptian ruler, King Tutankhamun, in Spike TV's event series Tut, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV, who released the following statement.
"We are thrilled to work with such an incredibly gifted young actor who is perfectly suited to take on the immensely complex character of King Tutankhamun."
Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment, had this to say in his statement.
"Vancouver born actor Avan Jogia will be an outstanding addition to the cast of Tut. Jogia is a hot young talent with a loyal following who has already made a name for himself in film and television."
Jogia, one of Hollywood's emerging young actors, will next be seen in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints with Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, and Emily Mortimer. Also coming soon will be Eddie O'Keefe's Shangri-La Suite with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes. He is currently shooting one of the leads of The Outskirts opposite Ashley Rickards, Eden Sher, and Victoria Justice. Jogia continues to be represented by ICM Partners and LINK.
Last month, Spike announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in Spike TV's event series in the key role of "Ay," the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.
Tut will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and Canada this fall and will debut on the network in 2015. This will be Spike TV's first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network's move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience.
Tut will be produced for Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment (The Kennedys, Being Human, The Pillars of the Earth, Bomb Girls) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters), Michael Vickerman (Impact), Elice Island Entertainment's Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (Spartacus, Helen of Troy), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (Hell on Wheels) and written by Michael Vickerman along with Peter Paige & Brad Bredeweg (The Fosters). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (Being Human), Guy J. Louthan (The Call) and Gilles Perrault (Being Human) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.
Jogia has also starred in ABC Family's hit series Twisted.