YASSS, EMPRESSSSSSSS. We don’t have much to add, since it’s just one shot and a press release, but we’re always thrilled when Queen Helen of the island nation of Fuckinfantastica gets to play an actual queen on film. Can’t wait to see her be all imperious and difficult in enormous dresses, which sounds like a lot of fun, now that we’ve described it that way.
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Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great, who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century, the limited series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.
Currently shooting in palaces and sets across Russia, Latvia and Lithuania, this four-part miniseries will chart the latter years of Catherine’s 34-year reign, as she builds Russia’s reputation as one of the great powers of Europe.
Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress who was strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated — the definition of the modern woman.
Jason Clarke as Grigory Potemkin, a Russian military commander who became Catherine the Great’s lover, favored statesman and life-long friend.
Joseph Quinn as Paul, Catherine’s son and heir.
Gina McKee as Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante.
Rory Kinnear as Minister Panin, a skillful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son.
Richard Roxburgh as Grigory Orlov, one of Catherine’s former lovers, who helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power.
Kevin R. McNally as Alexei Orlov, who, with his brother Grigory, helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power.
Sam Palladio as Alexander Vasilichikov, Catherine’s young lover.
[Photo Credit: Hal Shinnie/HBO]