‘The Serpent Queen’ trailer: Catherine de Medici drama reveals release date

Starz has announced when their latest period drama series begins!

Set in 16th century France, The Serpent Queen stars Samantha Morton as the nefarious Catherine de Medici.

The two-time Oscar-nominated English actress is best known for her roles in HarlotsRillington Place, and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.

Described as “a historical drama with an edge,” the show puts a contemporary spin on the rise to power of Catherine de Medici, who, against all odds, became one of the most powerful and longest-serving rulers in French history.

The Serpent Queen premieres on Sunday 11th September on Starz in the US and the UK.

It’ll debut in Australia the same day on Stan.

Watch the trailer here:

 

The official synopsis reads: “Considered an immigrant, common and plain, Catherine de Medici is married into the 16th century French court as an orphaned teenager expected to bring a fortune in dowry and produce many heirs, only to discover that her husband is in love with an older woman, her dowry is unpaid and she’s unable to conceive.

“Yet, only with her intelligence and determination, she manages to keep her marriage alive and masters the bloodsport that is the monarchy better than anyone else, ruling France for 50 years.”

Based on Leonie Frieda’s book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France, The Serpent Queen is created by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe.

The cast also includes Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Pope Clement, Antonia Clarke (Les Misérables) as Mary Queen of Scots, and Ludivine Sagnier (Lupin) as Diane de Poitiers, with Liv Hill (Three Girls) playing the younger version of Catherine.

They’re joined in the eight-part series by Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire), Barry Atsma (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Nicholas Burns (Harlots), Danny Kirrane (Pirates of the Caribbean), Kiruna Stamell (Moulin Rouge), and Colm Meaney (Star Trek).

Samantha Morton was most recently on our screens in feel-good movie Save the Cinema earlier this year.

Harlots is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.