Starz has announced a renewal for The Serpent Queen.
Set in 16th century France, the new historical drama series stars Oscar-nominated English actress Samantha Morton as the nefarious Catherine de Medici.
The Serpent Queen launched on Starz in the US last September, streaming on Lionsgate+ in the UK and on Stan in Australia.
If you missed the first season when it aired, you can catch up on all eight episodes with a free 7-day trial here!
Based on Leonie Frieda’s book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France, The Serpent Queen 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 show was a hit with critics and audiences in 2022, so it’s no surprise to report that Starz has confirmed a second season!
Watch the trailer here:
Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz, said: “The Serpent Queen is distinctly modern, darkly comedic and completely unexpected.
“Catherine De Medici’s story is the perfect complement to our female-forward slate, and Samantha Morton’s brilliant portrayal of this ruthless, charming and savvy queen anchors the whole production.”
“We’re thrilled to unveil more of her incredible life and reign in season two, which promises to be even more provocative and sublime.”
Alongside Samantha Morton, 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.
The Serpent Queen creator Justin Haythe previously revealed to IndieWire that he had a second season totally planned out before they even had the renewal news.
He teased: “I’ve got a lot of very specific ideas about where I want Season 2 to go.
“I wanted to start with what I think was Catherine’s real ambition to try to modernize France. She built the Tuilleries. She brought a lot of artists to France. She tried to introduce religious tolerance and somehow got from there to the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, and that’s an interesting arc.”
The Serpent Queen is available to watch on Starz.