Egyptians played by actors of color in new TV series

Yes, you read that correctly. Fox is airing a new show, Hieroglyph, in 2014 set in  ancient Egypt where the actors are actually brown skinned people. The day has finally arrived! No more fair-skinned Egyptians in the tradition of Liz Taylor (Cleopatra) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy). Fox is making a bold move and I am excited about about it.

I hope this sets a new trend where Egyptian culture is portrayed in a positive light and not in a mythical or white-washed manner.

“Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, Hieroglyph, which is eyed for next season, is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined. It follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Ritchie’s Shai is the young, handsome Pharaoh who rules with an iron fist and fully trusts no one. He is obsessed with maintaining power over his kingdom, which he’ll do by any means necessary.”


“Condola Rashad, repped by Harden Curtis and Assoc. and Brookside Artist Management, will play Nefertari, the Pharaoh’s half-sister with a rare beauty that intimidates even the strongest of suitors… and she knows it.”


All quotes and pictures via: Deadline

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