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.
The Banker (March 20 on Apple TV)
“In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.”
The English Game (March 20 on Netflix)
From Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Based on true events, this 19th-century drama follows two footballers on opposite sides of a class divide.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (March 20 on Netflix)
Miniseries about America’s first black, self-made female millionaire set in the 1900s.
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (March 23 on Acorn)
Radium Girls (April 3)
In the 1920s, a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure.
World on Fire (April 5 on PBS)
WWII drama centered on the lives of ordinary people affected by the war. Costumes by Nic Ede.
Belgravia (April 12 on Epix)
Julian Fellowes is adapting his novel, set in 1840s London, about the mixing of the aristocracy with the emerging industrial nouveau riche.
The Secret Garden (April 17)
Antebellum (April 24)
Janelle Monáe stars in a thriller/horror film that appears to bridge the present day with pre-Civil War slavery. Costumes by Mary Zophres.
Radioactive (April 24)
A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century. Costumes by Consolata Boyle.
True History of the Kelly Gang (April 24)
The story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (April 26 on Showtime)
Series inspired by Penny Dreadful, set in 1938 Los Angeles, exploring a mix of supernatural and reality.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (May 8)
The Great (May 15 on Hulu)
Comic take on young Catherine the Great.
The Last Vermeer (May 22)
An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Robert the Bruce (June 28)
The story of nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.
The King’s Man (September 18)
Mulan (to be announced – 2020)
A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action film based on Disney’s Mulan. March U.S. wide release has been post-phoned.
No U.S. Release Date
A spiritualist (Judi Dench) accidentally summons the spirit of a writer’s (Dan Stevens) deceased first wife. Based on the Noël Coward play.
Casanova, Last Love
Paris, June 1940. The de Gaulle couple is confronted with the military and political collapse of France. Costumes by Sergio Ballo & Anaïs Romand.
Which of these upcoming frock flicks are you most excited about?