US medieval series set for Dragon Studios near Pencoed

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FX describe the story as 'dangerous, brilliant and emotional'

A 10-part medieval drama series is to be filmed in south Wales after being commissioned by US cable network FX.

A pilot of The Bastard Executioner was filmed at Pinewood studios near Cardiff but the full production is set to be shot at Dragon studios near Pencoed.

This is because the remake of cult film The Crow starts at Pinewood in July.

The series stars Lee Jones as a 14th Century knight turned executioner during the reign of Edward III.

It is set against a background of Welsh rebellion.

The cast will include a guest appearance by Matthew Rhys.

Series creator Kurt Sutter - also behind the series Sons of Anarchy - said: "I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It's been very satisfying weaving fact and fiction to create a new mythology that combines all these elements."

A mock-up of a castle has been built at Dragon at Llanilid in Rhondda Cynon Taff, in readiness for production starting.

The studios, once nicknamed Valleywood, was behind the 2011 medieval adventure film Ironclad. It has also been used as a facility for Doctor Who.