‘Domina’ trailer: First look at new historical drama set in Ancient Rome

Sky has released the first trailer and images for Domina.

From the director of The Luminaries and Ophelia, this epic upcoming historical drama brings to life the power struggles of Ancient Rome from the women’s perspective.

The eight-part series stars Kasia Smutniak (Perfect Strangers) as Livia Drusilla, with Nadia Parkes (The Spanish Princess) playing the young Livia.

Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham is playing Livia’s father, Livius, alongside Colette Tchantcho (The Witcher) as Antigone, Livia’s best friend, ex-slave and closest ally.

The cast also includes Matthew McNulty (Misfits) as the future emperor Gaius, Christine Bottomley (Land Girls) as Scribonia, Ben Batt (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Agrippa,  Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire) as Tiberius Claudius Nero, Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) as Claudia Octavia.

Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her) will also guest star as Balbina, an early enemy.

Domina follows the life and the extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman in the world.

The series is described as “a visceral and authentic family saga, grounded in historical accuracy and bringing to life the incredible true stories of the women who would create one of the most enduring and fascinating dynasties of all time.”

The official synopsis reads: “The story follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons.

“Livia and her peers navigate their way through a brutal society by means of strategy, conspiracy, seduction and murder. She will soon discover that seizing power is not enough: you must be able to keep it when everyone else wants it.”

Watch the trailer:


Domina will premiere in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV this May.

A broadcaster in the US hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The complete Game of Thrones box set is available on DVD on Amazon.