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Condola Rashad Will Play Nefertari In Fox's 'Hieroglyph'

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 14, 2014 5:34 PM
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After making enough of a statement on Broadway (back-to-back Tony Award nominations), Condola Rashad, who most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, has signed up to co-star in what will be her first TV series regular role, in Fox's upcoming new series Hieroglyph, which is expected to debut on the network's lineup next TV season.

Previously, in 2012, she appeared in a recurring role on the NBC series Smash (in 4 total episodes), and also guest-starred on The Good Wife, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Submissions Only.

Here's what we know thus far about Hieroglyph: Set in ancient Egypt, Hieroglyph is said to be combo fantasy and reality, and 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, who else but Nefertari - "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. No further information is currently available, including just how much she'll actually contribute to the overall series story-line. So instead of projecting, only to be disappointed, I'd rather just wait to find out what exactly Fox does with the character, when we learn more about what they have in store for her, or when the series actually debuts.

Playing Pharaoh will be British/South African actor Reece Ritchie (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Hercules).

Travis Beacham, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik (who will direct the pilot episode), are all executive producers. 

20th TV and Chernin Entertainment will produce.

Condola was also most recently seen on the small screen in 2012, in the Lifetime's all-black remake of Steel Magnolias.

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  • artemesia | May 13, 2014 10:22 PMReply

    "I hope the show maintain a majority ethnic lead." I hope that you, racist, learn standard American English. People actually watch shows with "too many white people," so I doubt your viewership will be missed.

  • Ava | January 15, 2014 9:31 PMReply

    I'm willing to have a look and see what this is about. I hope it will be worth my time.

  • Agent K | January 14, 2014 10:37 PMReply

    So a white guy is playing the Pharaoh...

  • Naima | March 2, 2014 8:06 PM

    Yeah I'm sure he has some black in him..just like JLO, kim k and the chick behind pharrell on his album cover...Why can't you see that? lol...

  • Agent K | January 15, 2014 10:53 AM

    @Jeff Ok I stand corrected then. But I don't think he's a good pick. but what's done is done.

  • Tsk | January 14, 2014 11:14 PM

    Oooh, you so bitter.

  • Jeff | January 14, 2014 11:01 PM

    No, Reece Ritchie, who will play the Pharaoh, is not white. He's most definitely a brown guy. Remember, most South Africans are not white. LOL

  • Sonya | January 14, 2014 9:07 PMReply

    I hope the show maintain a majority ethnic cast with an ethnic lead. Reece Ritchie is cute. Condola Rashad would be a great addition. If they add too many white people, I aint watchin.

  • Katie | January 15, 2014 10:18 PM

    Tristan & Sonya

    SAME! I too can tolarate the mixed raced pharaoh, but any other egyptian that isn't clearly black is going to result in losing a viewer.

  • Tristan | January 14, 2014 11:03 PM

    If any major character is white and playing an ancient Egyptian -- I will not watch it. The mixed guy as a pharaoh is problematic for me - but I can tolerate it. However, the rest of the cast cannot be white or ambiguous - has to include multiple black actors/actresses.

  • QB | January 14, 2014 8:32 PMReply

    Umm Nefer-TARI was a different Queen than Nefer-TITI. I think some folks may have them mixed up. Either way good to see Black Egyptians on screen, but I imagine the rest of the cast will be "Arab-looking" as usual.

  • Patch Neck Red | January 14, 2014 6:04 PMReply

    A solid versatile actress who comes from a family of exceptional artist . Great to see the casting net expanding!

  • JulieB | January 14, 2014 5:54 PMReply

    OMMGGG they cast a black woman to play Nefertiti and not a blonde white woman with a fake tan! Surely Jesus is coming...........(surprised, pleasantly surprised.)

  • W | January 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    I had the EXACT same reaction!! And a decidedly brown-skinned woman, too. Can't wait!

  • J | January 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    My thoughts exactly! I am so here for this!

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