Helen Mirren will tackle greatness in Catherine the Great production.
In a Variety exclusive, it was revealed that actress Helen Mirren will be set to star as famed 18th-century Russian monarch, Catherine the Great in HBO and Sky’s upcoming mini-series titled “Catherine the Great”.
When asked her thoughts on taking part in the series, Mirren responded as such:
“I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power. She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman and succeeded to the extent of having the word Great attached to her name, Catherine the Great. I am very grateful to have HBO and Sky as partners in this endeavor. There are no other homes on television that bring the support and understanding needed for this kind of project.”
The series will take place in four parts and will focus on Catherine the Great’s life towards the end of her reign as well as her affair with Grigory Potemkin. Potemkin was a very well known favorite of Catherine’s in her court, which carried its share of issues. His relationship with her propelled his career to many different heights and was the source of contention at court. I’m sure excited to see how they develop this relationship onscreen.
The series will be written by Nigel Williams (“Elizabeth I,” “Wodehouse in Exile”) and directed by Philip Martin (“The Crown,” “Mo,” “Prime Suspect”). Both have considerable experience handling historical drama-related works, especially ones that cover very well-known monarchs in European history.
Filming is set to start later this year. Let us know what you think about this news below.