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Those About to Die First Look From WrestleMania XL

NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock revealed the teaser for Those About to Die during WWE WrestleMania XL and announced a July 18 premiere date. Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day) directs the series and serves as executive producer.

Those About to Die stars two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins alongside a cast that includes Iwan Rheon, Sara Martins, Tom Hughes, Jojo Macari, and Moe Hashim.

Those About to Die is an epic drama set in the corrupt world of spectacle-driven gladiatorial competition. It explores a side of ancient Rome never before told—the dirty business of entertaining the masses and giving the mob what they want most…blood and sport.

Those About to Die First Look From WrestleMania XL

The series introduces an ensemble of characters from all corners of the Roman Empire who collide at the explosive intersection of sports, politics, and dynasties.

All ten episodes of Those About to Die launch July 18, just in time for viewers to also watch the 2024 Paris Olympics (July 26 – Aug 11, 2024). Every event of the Summer Games will stream live on Peacock. Opening Ceremony coverage begins July 26 at noon ET on NBC and Peacock.

“I have always been fascinated by the history of the Roman Empire. So much still seems relevant for our society today—from the entanglement of politics and sports to the disciplines of competitions, which haven’t changed much either over the last 2000 years,” said Roland Emmerich.

“The most electrifying spectacles for the masses still involve two men in an arena, beating each other up, and the chariots of today are called race cars whose drivers still crash and often pay with their lives.

“When my partners Gianni Nunnari and Harald Kloser put Daniel Mannix’s Those About to Die on my reading list, I was immediately hooked. My goal was to create a show that explores a side of Rome never told before – the dirty business of entertaining the masses, giving the mob what they want most…blood and sport. Let the games begin.”

The cast also includes Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Rupert Penry-Jones, Gabriella Pession, Dimitri Leonidas, Emilio Sakraya, David Wurawa, Pepe Barroso, Gonçalo Almeida, Eneko Sagardoy, and Romana Maggiora Vergano.

The executive producers include Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Gianni Nunnari, Stuart Ford, Lourdes Diaz, Miguel A. Palos Jr., Marco Kreuzpaintner, Robert Rodat, Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Berben, Jonas Bauer, Charles Holland, Namit Malhotra.

Emmerich, Kloser, and Nunnari developed the show and brought it to AGC Studios. The production companies include Centropolis Entertainment, Hollywood Gang Productions, and Street Entertainment.