imageFilmed in high-definition, entirely on location in Rome and South Central Italy, the six-hour miniseries Empire is a glossy soap opera set in Rome, circa 44 A.D. Executive-produced by the team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Oscar-winners for Chicago, it’s a pricey TV product, with eerily accurate sets and wardrobe, Roman chariots and, of course, the requisite dusty battle scenes with a cast of hundreds (which resembles a cast of thousands, courtesy of state-of-the-art computer-imaging).
The Empire cast represents an international assortment of well-regarded players from stage and screen, starting with Canadian thespian Colm Feore as the big man himself: Julius Augustus Caesar. Also in principal roles are British actor Jonathan Cake (First Knight), Venezuelan heartthrob Santiago Cabrera (Haven), 24’s Dennis Haysbert and Trudie Styler, aka Mrs. Sting.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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