Tony Curran is no stranger to English drama, but this time he’s getting the royal treatment as he joins Mary & George, a new AMC drama series based around the real-life story of a mother who groomed her son to seduce the king. Curran, who previously led the two-part drama series Mayflies on BBC, will be joining the series as King James I, acting alongside previously-announced co-stars Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine.
Produced by Sky and AMC, Mary & George recounts the unbelievable story of Mary Villers (Julianne Moore), the Countess of Buckingham who pushed her charismatic son George (Nicholas Galitzine), to seduce King James I; by becoming the king’s lover, George would be able to grant their humble family enormous wealth and power within the ever-finicky world that was the English court. Over the years, George would rise to become the king’s most trusted advisor and one of the most influential political players England had ever seen, but with the nation under threat of a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the king, “the stakes could not have been higher”, reports Deadline.
Tony Curran Joins ‘Mary & George’ Two-Part Miniseries
Created by DC Moore (Killing Eve) and directed by Oliver Hermanus, the new AMC miniseries takes inspiration from The King’s Assassin (2017), a nonfiction book by Benjamin Woodley. The ten-part series will star Simon Russell Beale as Sir George Villers, Jacob McCarthy as Christopher Villers, Trine Dyrholm as Queen Anne, Adrian Rawlins as Sir Edward Coke, Nicola Walker as Elizabeth Hatton, Niamh Algar as Sandie, and Sean Gilder as Sir Thomas Compton alongside Moore, Galitzine, and Tony Curran.
Tony Curran has previously appeared on BBC’s two-part series Mayflies (2022) as Tully, a man who discovers he has cancer thirty years after meeting Jimmy (Martin Compston) during one wild weekend in 1986, where both men vowed to take on life in a new and exciting way. 30 years later, Tully and Jimmy’s friendship is tested as Tully asks his friend to take him to Switzerland, where Tully has engineered a plan to let him die on his own terms, but moral dilemmas abound as Jimmy struggles with potentially helping his longtime friend die.
Mary & George is set to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Ireland, Italy, and Central Europe, while AMC holds the distribution rights for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. A release date hasn’t been announced yet, but more information on Mary & George will likely become available as it continues development.