A Historical Tease Of Sorts
As streaming services continue to rise as more people decide to stay inside, Hulu will be releasing The Great this May 15.
The new original miniseries will introduce a new take on the rather intriguing relationship between Catherine the Great and her husband Peter III of Russia, played by Elle Fanning (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Super 8) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class), respectively. Instead of a straightforward period piece, The Great will break away from pure sincerity to favor a more whimsical style of storytelling.
The official teaser trailer gives us a taste of what to expect. Already telling us that the series is based on *sort of* historical events, we’re served an anachronistic vision into a part of Russian history. We’re shown a few more locations and chosen pieces of dialogue from the series’ two main leads. It’s definitely longer than the announcement trailer that came out a couple of months back.
It will be written by Tony McNamara, one of the co-writers behind 2018’s The Favourite. McNamara will also act as an executive producer.
In history, the real-life Peter III was unpopular due to his pro-Prussian policies and inability to speak Russian. While he was successful in other areas of his leadership, he was eventually overthrown. His wife would then succeed him as Empress of Russia from 1762-1796.
Their combined reigns of leadership brought a lot of progression for Russia. Religious freedom was introduced to the people, the push for education was supported, cities and towns were established, and Catherine the Great became a key figure during the emergence of the Russian Age of Enlightenment. Catherine is also the country’s longest-ruling female leader to date.
The Great is set to debut on May 15, 2020. It will be produced by MRC (formerly known as Media Rights Capital. Supporting roles will feature Phoebe Fox, Gwilym Lee, and Louis Hynes.