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Servings Of Death & Debauchery In First Trailer For 'Hieroglyph' (Condola Rashad As Nefertari Kanahkt)

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 12, 2014 6:14 PM
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Condola - Hieroglyph

Here's a first trailer for Fox's upcoming new series Hieroglyph, which is expected to debut on the network's lineup next TV season.

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.

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.

Condola Rashad in what will be her first TV series regular role, plays 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. 

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

Watch the first trailer below:

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  • troublemaker | May 17, 2014 8:10 AMReply

    Condola is one of the leads only on paper because her role will be sleeping with all the white men. That's her purpose on the show. The more significant roles will be played by the white actors.

  • what in thee world | May 14, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    This is not Egypt. This is another White fairytale version of Egypt with some Blacks sprinkled in for "authenticity." Please ... it is time for us to start boycotting this and most of what Hollywood puts out, honestly. I'm soooooo tired of this ... enough, is a doggone 'nough.

  • Elaine | May 13, 2014 1:42 PMReply

    This needs MORE coverage. Dear, Shadow and Act-- please stop being PC!! Egypt hasn't been covered in tv/film for a while because of main characters + skin color issue. They are afraid to make a mostly black cast because of image. I think we need to show Hollywood that it's not the 1960's anymore. BOYCOTT PLEASE!! I'd like to sign the PETITION!!!

  • Tell It Like It Is | May 13, 2014 11:05 AMReply

    There's finally an ancient Egyptian themed show with a black Nefertiti, and this victory and historical accuracy is negated by everyone else being white with British accents. Very disappointing. In my mind, this was supposed to be the entertainment industry's redemption for having Rachel Weisz play Nefertiti in "The Mummy."

    Hollywood needs to take a look at hieroglyphics and the sarcophaguses of the pharaohs, since they refuse to believe that ancient Egyptians were of darker skin. Present day Egyptians are a complete different story due to the mixing with Middle Easterners.

    EPIC FAIL. Go hard, or go home!

  • Phred G | May 13, 2014 10:41 AMReply

    Based on this trailer, seems like a GAME OF THRONES: EGYPT. Doesn't intrigue me enough to watch. I'll put it in the BlackFolksGettin'ACheck folder. Gotta hand it to dem BRITS though. Peoples from Noah, to ancient Egypt, to the far reaches of the galaxy (whatever the time period) speak with their accent.

  • Bondgirl | May 15, 2014 11:00 PM

    @Silverzeal: Is there an "authentic" sci-fi, aliens accent that you're aware of? You get a gold star for false equivalency, my friend.

  • SilverZeal | May 14, 2014 7:33 AM

    U mean d exact same y Americans spk with d same accent in most of their outlandish scifi, offplanet, aliens, fantasy world type movies & series?

  • boomslang | May 13, 2014 3:53 PM

    i was thinking da Vincy demons as well.

  • Alex | May 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    Nah more like Da Vinci's Demons

  • Hallelujah Hillbilly | May 13, 2014 10:26 AMReply

    more than half the cast of this show should be of a darker skin color than what appears onscreen. but, then again, i don't expect that kind of accuracy from writers that can't see themselves in people with a darker skin color than their own. they'll probably go the "Noah" route and say something about mythology, everyman, blah, blah, blah.


  • Peggy | May 13, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    Whatever is going on with her hair is freaking me out. The look like little cones.

  • Marshall | May 13, 2014 9:20 AMReply

    Glad to see Rashad and Ritchie, two African descended folks as the royals. Shouldn't there be more southwest Asian/North African looking folks?

    "Ambrose"?? Was that even a name used at the time of the ancient Greeks? It sounds pretty Western European. LOL.

  • NoaMara | May 13, 2014 4:03 AMReply

    Condala & Ritchie Reece are people of african desecent playong egyptians. the others character on the show are greek, hittie. please support this show, because i Will.

  • ConfusedViewer | May 13, 2014 1:46 AMReply


  • JulieB | May 12, 2014 8:38 PMReply

    I had no idea so many Egyptians were white with British accents, and I think one of the girls is asian lol. And no, black people didn't have relaxers back then either. Poor show, it will be cancelled after a few episodes.

  • JEF | May 13, 2014 9:36 AM

    Always British! Great idea, poor execution. Lazy Entertainment!

  • Ashlyn | May 12, 2014 8:52 PM

    That's what i'm saying! White people kill me with wanting to be associated with Egypt.

  • k | May 12, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    Africans don't even count in AFRICA!!! #BOYCOTT

  • Blackorean | May 13, 2014 10:27 AM

    K, that comment wins the internet today.

  • Dont | May 13, 2014 10:17 AM

    Marshall, the people of Libya and Algeria are descended from those east of Egypt, which is what the Greeks called it. The people depicted on the walls in the original paintings and drawings had a darker skin color. all this arabic and middle eastern influence came into North Africa afterward. the people of Kemet (Kmt) were as dark as those in South of the Sahara. look at 1) facial features and 2) the color of paint used, on sculptures, especially. they should clue you in to the factual origin of "Egyptians". but keep in mind a lot of it has been tampered with, and it's obvious.

  • Marshall | May 13, 2014 9:34 AM

    Two of the leads are of African descent: Rashad and Ritchie.

    To be fair, Egypt is in North Africa and had many people travel to it. Also, not all Africans look like Sub-Saharan Africans. Look at the people of Libya or Algeria. Most don't look black, right? I'm not saying that it's ludicrous that a blue-eyed, white guy named Ambrose is one of the leads of the series.

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