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First-Look At Condola Rashad As Nefertari In Fox's 'Hieroglyph'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 9, 2014 2:38 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, will 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.

She previously 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, 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 - "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 of what will be a 13-episode series.

20th TV and Chernin Entertainment will produce.

Above (and below) is your first look at the series starring cast (courtesy of THR), including Ms Rashad.

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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  • Mason3735 | May 20, 2014 1:25 PMReply

    Is nothing sacred? I guess in a 100 years Martin Luther King and Michael Jordan will be white. Event the Romans & Greeks said that the Egyptians were black, this is just ridiculousness.

  • Donella | May 12, 2014 8:15 PMReply

    I also find it really weird that the leading white male has a dark brown lower body. I'm not sure if it is intentional or if it is some sort of graphic design fail.

    Like maybe they cast an actual African or Middle Eastern guy and then someone said naaah, North Americans will never buy that. Quick! Photoshop!

    It is actually sad to see the continuance of White male supremacy over African history.

  • Jeanettes daughter | May 12, 2014 4:21 PMReply

    All the negativity is drab and shortsighted. Visit the better museum collections and see for yourselves the complexions of the people then and now - still dark after all these years of invaders from the north and across the Mediterranean -- excepting the ruling classes of people and of course you get that part - correct? Whether on her back or standing with brilliant lines, Condola Rashad is a vast improvement over Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, Angelina Jolie, etc. The last time I looked, generally speaking white people will NOT watch anything that is all or mostly black and brown. There are clear answers to that, too in human psychology and the entire history of the rise of western civilizations in particular the advent of Christianity is available for your careful examination. A powerful state religion promoting all images of God, godliness, truth and beauty as "white" is bound to have an effect. There were no white people in ancient Egypt as these are modern, racially based terms created to rank human beings by color. One man's beige is another man's "white!" That. is. all. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I expect Rashad to be as good in this role as she has been in everything else onstage and onscreen.

  • TROUBLEMAKER | May 11, 2014 11:11 AMReply

    Condola's Nefetari will be in the role as seductress and nothing more. She's the token black woman who will have nothing to do but be on her back like Olivia Pope.

  • troublemaker | May 17, 2014 11:05 AM

    @MIA Really? Lets see when this series airs.

  • Mia | May 12, 2014 7:54 AM

    you are a complete DUMB ASS

  • TROUBLEMAKER | May 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    Who is an insecure punk? I called it like I see it. That's all Condola will be doing.

  • BluTopaz | May 11, 2014 11:23 AM

    And you're the typical insecure punk who is threatened by fictional characters.

  • NoaMara | May 11, 2014 7:56 AMReply

    The Pharoah is actually a mixed (dark skinned half brittish/half south african) actor without lighting ( Reece Ritchie) and condola play nefetari ( egyptians ).
    The woman on the ground is a hittite (arab) slave, and the other actors are playing greek characters in the tv series : the white man is a Greek ( max brown ) (as well as the woman and the man behind him). The one hodlding the sword is probably ( egyptian/greek)

    So all of you who has written the comments, at least you should be happy that the two leads in the tv- series is played by people of african descent. The tv series is a mix between different dynasties ( egyptian, greek/roman, hitties etc ). You should all be supporting this show.

  • Mark | May 14, 2014 12:30 AM

    Rashad is also mixed-race. Her mom, Phylicia Rashad is black and Native American. Is anyone going to race check Phylicia Rashad or her sister Debbie Allen because they have mixed ancestry?

    As for Ritchie, let's be real. He's a brown guy and looks more like the indigenous people of North Africa and southwest Asia than most actors who have ever portrayed an Egyptian in Hollywood films. (Charleston Heston as Moses? No.)

  • jess | May 12, 2014 6:31 PM

    Nothing on TV is entitled to anyone's support, even more so when it is historically inaccurate.

  • TROUBLEMAKER | May 11, 2014 10:47 AM

    I'm not sure if Reece Ritchie's South African parent is all black or even black at all. One of his parent is from Durban, South Africa. Durban has plenty of Indians that were brought over from India.

  • Miles Ellison | May 10, 2014 9:42 PMReply

    Let's hope this gets canceled quickly. Or better yet, never actually gets on the air.

  • Roger S | May 10, 2014 8:36 PMReply

    Please improve your comment interface. It's slow and inconvenient to have to enter my name and email every instance I want to comment or reply.

  • scripttease | May 11, 2014 7:53 PM

    Thank you, and you'd think they would add at least a thumbs up. Indiewire needs to get with the program and invest in the Disqus commenting system.

  • Roger S | May 10, 2014 8:32 PMReply

    Maybe Ramseses seemed to white as he had a hooked nose and red hair. but Most Egyptians were not white like this. It seems everyone want
    to make them white. I'm not into conspiracies and all that but this is one long lived vestige of racism. Note I didn't say they were black. But majority were an indigenous mix of Mediterranean whites and blacks. I don't support non fact based afrocentrist extremists who call anyone they want black. But why today is there a problem in showing the Egyptians more like who they were. A mixed people with significant black admixture.

  • Paula | May 10, 2014 7:56 PMReply

    If Condola is the main star or one of the main leads then I will still watch it despite the cast. But if she is not, then I won't even bother.

  • jeni | May 10, 2014 2:43 AMReply

    I will not be watching a non-Nubian Egypt. They should know better. Wait, it's Fox, so they probably don't care.

  • Elaine | May 10, 2014 2:39 AMReply

    This is Post-racial America 2014: All-White Egypt!! PLEASE LET THERE BE A PETITION!!!
    Why isn't there more outrage on this post? WHY IS THERE A TOKEN BLACK CHARACTER ON A SHOW ABOUT EGYPT??? Where is the petition to cancel this show?? If we don't stop this now, they will make start making segregation and slave movies with all an white cast.

  • MzThomas | May 10, 2014 1:31 AMReply

    Why are all the characters WHITE???? Why not keep it somewhat correct???!!!

  • Pius | May 9, 2014 8:04 PMReply

    What is dude sitting down torso blacks as but his face is white? EGYPTIANS WERE NOT WHITE.

  • ChocolateOrchid | May 9, 2014 8:51 PM

    I was wondering what was up with that brown torso & white face myself. Who touched this pic up? And what were they thinking??

  • Scipttease | May 9, 2014 7:46 PMReply

    I guess they throw one Black Person in the mix to try and make it a tad-bit more believable.

  • JumpinJimCrow | May 9, 2014 7:17 PMReply

    a certain group of people are just determined to make everyone else believe Egyptians (the people of Kemet, actually. Greeks called them "Egyptians") were light-skinned Arabs, huh?

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