We’re always trying to track what historical costume movies and TV shows are coming up. I always feel like we’ve Just Posted one of these, and then I go check and it’s been months. So, yay, we get some new stuff! As always, you can keep an eye on what’s forthcoming on our Upcoming Movies page! Editor’s note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, some theatrical releases are being rescheduled and some theater chains are temporarily closed, so please be patient as we update our Upcoming Movies page.
Feb. 26: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Biopic of the jazz singer focusing on her legal troubles in the 1940s. Costumes by Paolo Nieddu.
March 2: The World to Come
“Somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast frontier, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically” (IMDB). Costumes by Luminita Lungu.
March 26 on Netflix: The Irregulars
Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. Costumes by Edward K. Gibbon.
March 26: Six Minutes to Midnight
“UK, Aug. 15, 1939: 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller gets the job 6 days later, secretly trying to find out what happened” (IMDB). Costumes by Lucinda Wright.
April 4 on PBS: Atlantic Crossing
The story of Crown Princess Märtha who fought for her country — Norway — and her marriage during the tragic events of World War II. Costumes by Karen Fabritius Gram.
April 11 on HBO: The Nevers
August 13: Respect
Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. Costumes by Clint Ramos.
August 20: The King’s Man
Ralph Fiennes in an Edwardian secret service/Marvel movie. Costumes by Michele Clapton.
Sept. 17: Death on the Nile
Kenneth Branagh’s version of the Agatha Christie mystery. Costumes by Paco Delgado.
Dec. 23: The Nightingale
The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II.
Films/Series with No US Release Date
Jessica Brown Findlay stars in a haunted house story set in the 1930s. Costumes by Lance Milligan.
TV miniseries about Leonardo da Vinci starring Aidan Turner. Costumes by Alessandro Lai.
About the relationship between Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa) and poet Thorkild Bjørnvig in the 1940s.
Paris Police 1900
“Paris, France, 1899. The corpse of an unknown woman is found in the river Seine. The investigation will push a young ambitious inspector to discover a heavy state secret” (IMDB). Costumes by Anaïs Romand.
The Underground Railroad
“A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south.” Costumes by Caroline Eselin.
Which of these historical costume films and TV series are you most excited about?