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A Better Look At Condola Rashad As Nefertari Kanahkt In Fox's 'Hieroglyph' + Official Synopsis

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 12, 2014 4:37 PM
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Condola - Hieroglyph

Here's a much better look at Condola Rashad in what will be her first TV series regular role, in Fox's upcoming Hieroglyph, which is expected to debut on the network's lineup next TV season. We also now have a full synopsis.

Here's what we've known about Hieroglyph: Set in ancient Egypt, Hieroglyph is said to be combo fantasy and reality, an ambitious action-adventure series from Pacific Rim and Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham, which will follow a notorious thief who leaves prison to serve the Pharaoh - a move that places him amid lots intrigue within palace walls; sex, crime, the usual.

Condola will play Nefertari Kanahkt - "a rare beauty who intimidates even the strongest of suitors… and she knows it," as Fox describes how the character will be portrayed in the series. 

Here's the much longer, official synopsis:

The world of ancient Egypt – a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves – lives again in HIEROGLYPH, an exciting action adventure series from the mind of creator/executive producer Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim,” “Clash of the Titans”). When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt's most secure vault, master thief AMBROSE (Max Brown, “Beauty and the Beast,” “MI-5”) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, Ambrose quickly learns that his prison cell might be safer than the dangerous new world in which he finds himself: Atum, the empire's capital. Ambrose must answer to Pharaoh SHAI KANAKHT (Reece Ritchie, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”), a god in the flesh, a young ruler with a cool charm and a violent, frightening temper. The question for Ambrose is not whether he can trust his new boss, but whether he can trust anyone. Also stalking the halls of the palace is NEFERTARI KANAKHT (Condola Rashad, “Smash,” “Steel Magnolias”), half-sister to the Pharaoh, whose relationship with Shai's closest advisor, MAGISTER BEK, masks her own designs for power. Finding few leads in the palace, Ambrose's investigation takes him to the doorstep of his long lost love, PESHET (Caroline Ford, “Lake Placid: The Final Chapter”), a magic-wielding adoratrice, a type of homespun priestess who uses her femininity as a portal to the gods…for the right price. Peshet was the keystone in his merry band of thieves, an impressionable youth with great knowledge of magic, a woman who never saw a lock for which she didn't have an unlocking charm. Five years later, Peshet has left her old life behind in a pious pursuit of divine contact. Ambrose's journey leads him to old friends, such as VOCIFER (John Rhys-Davies, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), a peddler of mystical wares and Ambrose's mentor. But he also comes face-to-face with foes both old and new, from DJET, a brutish thug-turned-crime boss of the city; to RAWSER (Antony Bunsee, “EastEnders,” “Sex and the City 2”), the Pharoah's captain of the guard, who imprisoned him five years ago; to LOTUS TENRY (Kelsey Chow, “One Tree Hill”), a palace concubine and spy for a rival kingdom. As Ambrose unravels the mystery of the Book of Thresholds, he begins to see the extent to which sorcery has seeped into the halls of power in ancient Egypt, and how close it is to causing this great civilization's downfall.

Expect a 13-episode series from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment.

Immediately below is the previous image from the series, shared on this blog a week ago, which featured the entire starring cast; And underneath it is Ms Rashad's newly-released character poster art, as Nefertari Kanahkt, courtesy of Fox. 


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  • Emme | May 16, 2014 11:01 PMReply

    Nope. Nope. Nope. 1. I don't trust someone who is not Egyptian to accurately represent ancient Egypt. 2. Judging by Travis Beacham's ridiculous historical misrepresentations (even in the name of entertainment) this is going to be racist and white-centric as hell. 3. How are you representing Egypt with a bunch of white people.?

    I already know the role Condola is going to play: the seductress that satisfies the whimsy of these whitewashed "Egyptians", their exploration in "jungle fever". She will lack "moral fiber," delicacy, humanity, sexual autonomy, be touted as too skkkkrrrrroooong to need a man, typical racist stereotypes of black women. She's got to be the half sister because god forbid ancient Egyptians actually looked like her.

    I only needed to see the poster to draw this conclusion, because talentless racist stereotyping is as talentless racist stereotyping does and you all have been doing the same nonsense for hundreds of years. Not fooling anyone.

  • troublemaker | May 17, 2014 6:08 PM

    @EMME I agree with your statement. Condola's Nefetari will be sleeping with all the men on the show. The producers are not going to portray her as an intelligent married woman who can outsmart people without having to sleep with them. Her purpose is to sleep around with all the men regardless if they are married or not.

  • Emme | May 16, 2014 11:13 PM

    Lydia, I know that. But understand the colorism at play. I was particularly interested in Condola's character because she is a two-Black parents Black woman playing the only person who shares remotely similar skin tone to ancient Egyptians and she's touted as a rare beauty. That's white-washing.

    The actors they have in the photo are all white except Condola and Reece and that is simply not what ancient Egypt would have looked like. Directors seem to take a lot of pride in white washing Egypt because there was a brief Roman presence and that erases the real history and representation of an African country...Africa, you know that continent where Black people of the diaspora have ancestry? It's more than annoying it is downright racist. African history can't even be on TV and in movies without white people sticking their noses in it. It's about time Egypt was represented properly. I adore Condola, but I will certainly be missing this nonsense.

  • Lydia | May 16, 2014 11:04 PM

    Reece Ritchie is half black....

  • Marshall | May 13, 2014 9:23 AMReply


    Looks great. Will you have a similar profile on Reece Ritchie?

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