So, what do we know about the production so far? Not a heck of a lot, really.
- It will be a four-part miniseries, focusing on the later era of Catherine’s 34-year reign.
- It has Helen Mirren in it (in case you missed it above).
- It’s being directed by Philip Martin, who directed Mirren in Prime Suspect: The Final Act. It was through Prime Suspect back in the 1990s that I first discovered and fell madly in love with Helen Mirren, so I’m super excited about this.
- It’s written by Nigel Williams, who wrote Elizabeth I (2005), the miniseries starring Mirren as the titular Queen of England, which is another favorite of mine.
- The costumes are designed by Maja Meschede, who really hasn’t done a lot of period film work up until this point, aside from being a costume assistant on The Duchess (2008). Based on this one photo of Mirren in costume … See below.
- There is still no release date, but it’s likely to be early 2019 if they’re just starting to drop promos without a lot of info other than the basics that I’ve listed above.
So, before I get into a discussion about the costume in the promo shot, I want to remind everyone of what Catherine the Great looked like at the mid-point of her reign:
I’ll hold any real critique regarding the costumes until more images come out, but I can definitely say that I am intrigued by what we’ve got going on in this photo. Can’t wait for more!
Editor’s Note: Check out this behind-the-scenes selfie from Dame Helen on Instagram! She snapped a pic at a costume fitting to show her corset and panniers, plus you can glimpse some other outfits behind her.