This past summer, Nicholas Galitzine melted hearts as a prince who romances America’s first son in Red, White & Royal Blue. Now, in an upcoming miniseries, he has his sights set on the king of England and Scotland.
Mary & George, a seven-part historical drama series coming to Starz in 2024, follows the “scandalous true story” of Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) and her son George (Nicholas Galitzine). During the early 17th Century reign of King James IV of Scotland and I of England (Tony Curran), Mary and George seek to advance their station in court by whatever means necessary.
His “All of Us Strangers” co-star Andrew Scott confirmed on the red carpet that Mescal’s talents go far beyond acting.
“Mary & George is an audacious historical psychodrama … 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 series description reads.
The official teaser trailer depicts George in a slew of compromising positions, intercut with shots of courtly drama and violence.
“Through outrageous scheming, [Mary and George] rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King’s most trusted advisors,” the official synopsis summarizes.
“And with England’s place on the world stage under threat from a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the King, the stakes could not have been higher.
“Prepared to stop at nothing and armed with her ruthless political steel, Mary married her way up the ranks, bribed politicians, colluded with criminals and clawed her way into the heart of the Establishment, making it her own.”
Based on the nonfiction book The King’s Assassin by Benjamin Woolley, George & Mary is created and written by Killing Eve’s DC Moore. And besides George, Mary and James, the series will feature many familiar and lesser known historical figures, including Charles I (Samuel Blenkin), Sir Francis Bacon (Mark O’Halloran) Robert Carr (Laurie Davidson), Elizabeth Hatton (Nicola Walker), Sir Thomas Compton (Sean Gilder), Sandie (Niamh Algar), Queen Anne (Trine Dyrholm), and Sir Edward Coke (Adrian Rawlins).
A queer period drama with influences from Killing Eve starring Galitzine as a gay villain and Moore as his ruthless and scheming mother—it all sounds like the product of a gay fever dream. Honestly, that’s not a complaint.
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