STARZ has announced that it has acquired the U.S. and Canada rights to Mary & George, a period drama starring Julianne Moore and Red, White & Royal Blue‘s Nicholas Galitzine.
The series is, “about a treacherous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the Court of England and the bed of King James I.”
The seven-part limited series was created by D.C. Moore and is produced by Hera Pictures in association with Sky Studios. It’s set to debut in 2024 as a STARZ original in the U.S. and Canada.
Moore will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, “who in 17th century England molded her beautiful son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King’s most trusted advisors.”
Galitzine, meanwhile, will play her son, George Villers, with Tony Curran as King James I. The cast also includes Nicola Walker, Niamh Algar, Trine Dyrholm, Sean Gilder, Adrian Rawlins, Mark O’Halloran, Laurie Davidson, Samuel Blenkin, Jacob McCarthy, Tom Victor, Alice Grant, Amelia Gething, Mirren Mack, Rina Mahoney and Simon Russell Beale.
The series is written by D.C. Moore, inspired by Benjamin Woolley’s nonfiction book The King’s Assassin. Liza Marshall is executive producer for Hera Pictures alongside D.C. Moore, Oliver Hermanus, and Julianne Moore. Hermanus (Living, Moffie) also helms the series as lead director. Sam Hoyle serves as executive producer for Sky Studios.
You can see the teaser trailer for the series below.