Ben Kingsley starring in Spike's "Tut"

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Spike TV is going big with its return to scripted fare.

The male-leaning cable network has enlisted Ben Kingsley to star in its six-part King Tut miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut.

Kingsley, an Oscar winner for his starring role in Gandhi and three-time nominee, will portray Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.

"Tut is the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history. Who better to lead the cast than one of the greatest actors of our generation — Ben Kingsley,” Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy said . “The character he plays, Ay, is the true power behind the Tutankhamun throne. We are so fortunate to have an actor of Ben Kingsley’s stature bring this character to life for Spike.”

Tut will be filmed entirely on location in Morocco and Canada in the fall for a 2015 debut. The series marks Spike's first scripted event series in eight years and its latest step in its move to reach a more gender-balanced audience.

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