Helen Mirren Is Starring in a New Miniseries About Catherine the Great
Fans of The Crown, keep an eye out for this one.
If you’ve devoured all the available Masterpiece on PBS programming and are looking for something new, let us put this new period piece on your radar. It’s an upcoming miniseries about Catherine the Great, a long-reigning 18th century Russian empress, and it stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren.
Catherine the Great is being produced by HBO and Sky, and it will be a four-part glimpse into the life of the Russian ruler. It is currently in production and is filming on location in Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania. According to HBO, “Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.”
As for the rest of the cast, the series also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Chappaquiddick), Joseph Quinn (Howards End, Les Misérables), Gina McKee (Notting Hill, Bodyguard), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, Skyfall), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!, Van Helsing), Sam Palladio (Nashville, Episodes), and Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean, Legend).
Catherine the Great is directed by Philip Martin (The Crown, Wallander) from a screenplay by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I, Wodehouse in Exile). Martin is executive producing alongside Mirren, David M. Thompson (Woman in Gold, Death Comes to Pemberley), and Charlie Pattinson (Elizabeth I, The Missing).
Expect courtly politics and intrigue aplenty. While no release date has yet been set, keep an eye out for further information on the drama’s production and an upcoming trailer. And if you’re looking for a Russia-set period drama to watch in the meantime, might we suggest this gorgeous BBC adaptation of War & Peace?
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Will you tune into Catherine the Great when it’s released? What series are you looking forward to seeing next year?