‘The Great’ reveals trailer and release date for Season 2

The first trailer has been released for the new season of The Great!

Hulu’s comedy-drama tells the story of Catherine the Great’s rise to power in 18th century Russia.

Created by the Oscar-nominated writer of The Favourite, the show premiered in May 2020, and subsequently aired in the UK on Channel 4.

The Great became one of the top performing original comedies on Hulu in 2020.

So it was no surprise when the self-described “fictionalised, fun and anachronistic story … [with] occasional historical facts” was renewed for a second season last summer.

Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa) will be back as Catherine, alongside Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite) as Peter III.

Joining the cast of The Great this time around is The Crown star Gillian Anderson as Catherine’s mother, Joanna!

The tagline for the new season teases: “Revolution is a Mother! This matriarch is ready to make her mark…”

Anderson will be joined by returning cast members Phoebe Fox as Catherine’s maid Marial, Sacha Dhawan as bureaucrat Orlov, Adam Godley as religious advisor Archie, Gwilym Lee as Peter’s right-hand man Grigor Dymov, Charity Wakefield as Peter’s frequent mistress Georgina, Belinda Bromilow as the colorful Aunt Elizabeth, and Douglas Hodge as General Velementov.

Watch the Season 2 trailer:


Season 2 will premiere in the US exclusively on Hulu on Friday 19th November.

The new season will then arrive in the UK on StarzPlay on Sunday 5th December.

The official synopsis reads: “Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own – but if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be. She’ll battle her court, her team, even her own mother in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia.

“Meanwhile, she’ll also battle her heart as Peter slowly transitions from a much-hated husband to a prisoner? Ally? Lover? Ultimately, Catherine will learn that to change a country, you must let it change you, that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming “Great” will ask more of her than she could have imagined.”

While we wait for the return of The Great, fans can check out Helen Mirren’s Catherine the Great series, which aired on HBO in 2019.

HBO’s Catherine the Great series is available to watch Amazon.