Are you ready to see Ed Sheeran trade in his guitar for...a sword?!
The singer-songwriter just dropped the mic (literally) and joined Kurt Sutter's new FX drama The Bastard Executioner, and his role could not be more different from his sweet, romantic image.
E! News has confirmed that Sheeran is set to recur on the new medieval series as Sir Cormac, "an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder." A deadly Ed Sheeran? Oh yeah, we are so into this casting!
From the creator of Sons of Anarchy, The Bastard Executioner is set in the early 14th century, and centers around a warrior whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of a journeyman executioner. The new show stars True Blood's Stephen Moyer, Sutter, Darren Evans, Lee Jones, Elen Rhys, Sam Spruell, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Timothy V. Murphy, Brian F. O'Byrne, Kyle Rees and Katey Sagal.
Not only is this some amazing casting, it also is a reunion for Sheeran and Sutter! When Sheeran tweeted that he was a Sons of Anarchy fan during the show's seventh and final season, that sparked Sutter to reach out and recruit Sheeran to record a haunting cover of Foy Vance's "Make It Rain" for the penultimate episode of the series. Fans will never forget the moment his song aired on the show...immediately after Jax (Charlie Hunnam) killed his own mother Gemma (Sagal). Ugh, our hearts! We're pretty sure we're still emotionally scarred from the entire "Red Rose" episode (and the whole series in general).
The Bastard Executioner debuts this fall on FX.
THR first reported this casting.