With the premiere of The Serpent Queen, Starz is once again delving into the world of historical drama. In the series, Samantha Morton, who has been nominated for an Academy Award, plays Catherine de Medici, the ruler of France in the 16th century (Tales of the Walking Dead, Minority Report, Harlots). In the trailer for “The Serpent Queen,” viewers are introduced to both the adult version of Catherine as well as her childhood self. The films also illustrate how often the program breaks the fourth wall, which is reminiscent of the formats used in Fleabag and Deadpool.
According to Starz, The Serpent Queen is a “historical drama with an edge” that will have its world premiere on September 11 and will put “a modern twist on traditional storytelling to tell the account of Catherine de Medici’s (Morton) ascent to power.”
The narrative of Catherine de Medici’s (Morton) ascent to power is told in “The Serpent Queen,” which, according to the description, “puts a modern twist on traditional storytelling.” Catherine’s story is told in flashbacks throughout the first episode of the series, which is titled “Medici Bitch.” Catherine is attempting to justify her acts and share the wisdom she’s gained with Rahima, her new servant confidant (Sennia Nanua, The Girl with All the Gifts, Frankie). Catherine (Liv Hill, Three Girls, Jellyfish), a teenage orphan, marries into the French court when she is 14 years old. The time period when the series is set is the 16th century.
Despite the fact that she is a commoner, her uncle Pope Clement (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones, The Crown) has negotiated a big dowry and a geopolitical alliance in exchange for the match. Along with these benefits comes the expectation that the union would produce a large number of children. On the other hand, Catherine finds out on the night of her wedding that her new husband is in love with Diane de Poitiers (Ludivine Sagnier, Lupin, The Young Pope), a beautiful lady-in-waiting who is twice his age. Sagnier previously portrayed Lupin and The Young Pope.
Catherine must quickly learn who she can trust, both within her personal entourage of courtiers and the members of the royal court, while outmanoeuvring anyone who underestimates her determination to survive at any cost. However, her future took a complete change due to her inability to become pregnant.
In addition to Antonia Clarke as Anna, the cast of The Serpent Queen also includes Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kiruna Stamell (The New Pope), Barry Atsma (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Bad Banks), Alex Heath (Suspicion), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones, The Good Karma Hospital), Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire, The Last Tycoon), Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire, The Last).
It was written by writer and executive producer Justin Haythe, and it is based on the book Catherine of Medici: Renaissance Queen of France, which was written by Leonie Frieda (Revolutionary Road, Red Sparrow, The Lone Ranger). Stacie Passon, who has directed episodes of “Transparent,” “Dickinson,” and “Billions,” also acts as an executive producer and directors many episodes of the show.
Francis Lawrence, known for his work on “The Hunger Games” trilogy, and Erwin Stoff, known for his work on “The Matrix,” “13 Hours,” and “Edge of Tomorrow,” serve as executive producers. Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment are responsible for producing the first season of the show, which will consist of eight episodes and will air on Starz.
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