THE SERPENT QUEEN
BEHOLD THE COURTIERS!
A couple of weeks ago I brought you an exclusive list of all the period set shows we can expect to arrive to us this Autumn, and beside Lord of the Rings
series The Rings of Power, THE SERPENT QUEEN is probably our most anticipated one. Starz has now given us first lavish photos from this new
eight part historical series in which Samantha Morton plays one of the most frightening queens of all times - Catherine de Medici of France! We can only
hope that the show will be better than their last dramas about famous queens - the godawful Spanish Princess and painfully almost atrociously dull Becoming Elizabeth.
|The series will start September 11th on Starz|
|Samantha Morton plays Catherine de Medici herself|
|Charles Dance is the pope, Catherine's uncle|
WHAT'LL THE SERIES BE ABOUT?
Scheming and cunning, Catherine de Medici was one of the most powerful women in the world. After becoming an orphaned teenager from the famous ruling family of Medici and then marrying into the 16th century
French court she is expected to bring a hefty dowry and produce
many heirs, but Catherine discovers her husband is already in love with
another woman and then, her dowry remains unpaid and she learns she is
unable to conceive. But with intelligence and determination, she keeps
her marriage alive,
mastering the bloodsport of the monarchy and ruling
France for 50 years. In THE SERPENT QUEEN, Catherine tells her story
through flashbacks, defending her actions and imparting lessons she's
learned to her new servant, Rahima (Sennia Nanua). When her uncle Pope
Clement (Charles Dance)
brokers her marriage and a geopolitical alliance
with France, but she learns on her wedding night that her husband is in
love with Diane de Poitiers (Ludivine Sagnier), a stunningly beautiful
lady-in-waiting who is twice the king-to-be's age. Catherine is thrust
into a world where she must learn quickly who she can trust and seek to
outmaneuver anyone who underestimates her.
The rest of the cast includes
Liv Hill as the younger version of Catherine, Antonia Clarke as
Catherine's daughter in law Mary Queen of Scots, whom Catherine sent
back to Scotland after her son Francis (George Jacques) died and she officially became
regent in her own right on behalf of her 10-year-old son Charles IX. She
then ruled France for three years by herself until Charles
maturity. After Charles died in 1574, Catherine also played a key role
in the reign of her third son, Henry III. He outlived her by just seven months. She
was generally despised in history seen as enemy by both Catholics and
Hugenots and scary to common folks who were afraid of her love for all
things occult - her pet astrologer was famous Nostradamus.
|Liv Hill is a rather strange choice for young Catherine|
|Diane de Poitiers is strangely ugly in the series for some reason|
|Mary Queen of Scots and her ladies in waiting|
|Ludivine Sagnier is the strangest choice for Diane de Poitiers|
|Liv Hill as the rather unattractive and dull young Catherine|
WHO ARE THE COURTIERS?
Raza Jaffrey will appear as Duke Francois Guise,the leader of Catholics. Colm Meaney is Catherine's husband king of France. Enzo Cilenti will play Ruggieri, the magician and soothsayer! Barry Atsma will be famous Montmorency, who cares about the greater good of the society he serves as its
foremost military leader. Nicholas Burns portrays Antoine de Bourbon, the rival of Catherine's Valois family. Danny Kirrane is Louis de Bourbon, his stronger willed and more intelligent brother! Memet Ali Alabora will appear as Sultan Suleiman! Adam Garcia will probably be Nostradamus but that is just my guess.
|Senia Nanua is Catherine's servant Rahima|