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Historical Costume Movies/TV in the Works

Costume movies and TV series premiering soon or in production that we’ve heard about. Yes, the dates are U.S.-centric, that’s how we roll.
TitleDescriptionCostume DesignerU.S. Release Date
HollywoodA group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood try to make it big -- no matter the cost.Sarah EvelynMay 1, 2020, on Netflix
The Great"A royal woman living in rural Austria during the seventeenth century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor."Holly WaddingtonMay 15, 2020, on Hulu
Dead Still"In 1880s Ireland, a renowned memorial photographer investigates the murders of his recently deceased subjects."Kathy StrachanMay 18, 2020, on Acorn TV
BarkskinsA group of outcasts must navigate brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties in late 1600s New France.Anna TerrazasMay 25, 2020, on NatGeo
Beecham HouseA look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century.Joanna EatwellJune 14, 2020, on PBS
MulanA young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action film based on Disney's 'Mulan.'Bina DaigelerJuly 24, 2020
The Alienist: Angel of DarknessThe second season continues solving serial killer mysteries in the late 19th century.July 26, 2020, on TNT
Summerland"A woman during World War II opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him."Claire Finlay-ThompsonJuly 31, 2020
TeslaBiopic of Nikola Tesla as a young man in NYC.Sofija MesicekAugust 7, 2020
The Secret GardenColin Firth in the Frances Hodgson Burnett story.Michele ClaptonAugust 14, 2020
AntebellumJanelle Monáe stars in a thriller/horror film that appears to bridge the present day with pre-Civil War slavery.Mary ZophresAugust 21, 2020
The King's ManRalph Fiennes in an Edwardian secret service/Marvel movie.Michele ClaptonSeptember 18, 2020
Death on the NileKenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in a remake of the Agatha Christie mystery.Sammy Sheldon & Mary ZophresOctober 9, 2020
All Creatures Great and SmallA new adaption of books about a 1930s veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales.Ros Little2020 on PBS
AmmoniteThe story of paleontologist Mary Anning and her relationship with a London woman during the 1840s. Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.Michael O'Connor2020
Benedetta"A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair."Pierre-Jean Larroque2020
Blithe SpiritA spiritualist (Judi Dench) accidentally summons the spirit of a writer's (Dan Stevens) deceased first wife. Based on the Noël Coward play.2020
BlondeA fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.Jennifer Johnson2020
Bridgerton"Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family."John Glaser, John Norster, & Ellen Mirojnick2020 on Netflix
Come AwayA prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, beginning in the 19th century.Louise Stjernsward2020
De Gaulle"Paris, June 1940. The de Gaulle couple is confronted with the military and political collapse of France. Charles de Gaulle joins London while Yvonne, his wife, finds herself with her three children on the road of the exodus."Sergio Ballo & Anaïs Romand2020
The DigLily James as an archaeologist excavating Sutton Hoo in 1938.2020
Enola HolmesBased on Nancy Springer's young-adult mystery novels about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister.Consolata Boyle2020
The Last Vermeer"An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye."Guy Speranza2020
Louis WainBiopic of an English artist who rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Claire Foy.Michael O'Connor2020 on Amazon
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"When Ma Rainey, the "Queen of the Blues," makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates."Ann Roth2020 on Netflix
Miss Scarlet and the DukeTV series about a female detective in 1880s London.Leonie Prendergast2020 on PBS
The Personal History of David CopperfieldDickens adaptation with Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, and more.Suzie Harman2020
Radioactive"A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century."Consolata Boyle2020
Radium Girls"In the 1920s a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure."Sylvia Grieser2020
RebeccaAnother adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel, starring Lily James.Julian Day2020 on Netflix
Six Minutes to Midnight"Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English sea side town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But no one is listening."Lucinda Wright2020
The Spanish PrincessSeason 2 shows Catherine of Aragon & Henry VIII married, happy, & ruling England.Phoebe De Gaye2020 on Starz
TabooSeason 2 of the gritty 1810s-set Tom Hardy series.2020
The War of the Worlds"In London during the Edwardian era, George and Amy's attempt to start a life together is interrupted by a Martian invasion of Earth."Howard Burden2020
HamiltonThe pop-rap musical about one of American's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Filmed live on Broadway with the original cast, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.Paul TazewellOctober 15, 2021
The NightingaleThe lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II. Based on Kristin Hannah's novel.December 22, 2021
The NeversTV series about a gang of Victorian women "who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world."Michele Clapton & Jane Petrie2021 on HBO
1066The story of the most famous date in English history.Piero Risani
Around the World in 80 DaysBBC adaptation of Jules Verne's classic with David Tennant starring as Phileas Fogg.Kate Carin
BachA biopic of composer Johann Sebastian Bach starring Gérard Depardieu.
The BanishingJessica Brown Findlay stars in a haunted house story set in the 1930s.Lance Milligan
Banking on Mr. ToadBiopic of writer Kenneth Grahame and the birth of his iconic story "The Wind in the Willows."
The Black CountThe story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the first black soldier to become a brigadier general in the French military.
The Book of Vision"Eva, a mysterious doctor, is searching for an answer to her urgent dilemma, as she unravels the secrets of 18th-century physician Dr. Anmuth and his patients through studying his Book of Vision."Mariano Tufano
CarmillaA love story inspired by the gothic novel of the same name.John Bright
Casanova, Last LoveAging Casanova goes to London, falls in love.Pierre-Jean Larroque
Catherine the GreatBiopic starring Keira Knightley, directed by Barbra Streisand
The Chess MachineSet in late 1700s Italy, this dramatic action thriller centers on a life-sized mannequin that can beat the world's greatest chess players.
Cortés"Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés leads an expedition to bring down the Aztec Empire during the 15th century."Amazon
The Count of Monte CristoA new TV miniseries adaption of the Alexander Dumas novel.
The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet"Upper Trollop, 1713. An illness takes hold of the villagers turning them into unfeeling creatures who eat anything they can get their hands on. Lord Fortitude must lead the small band of survivors and escape to France."
Death Comes as the EndAnother Agatha Christie murder mystery, this one set in ancient Egypt!
The Devil in the White City"An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women."
Doctor Zhivago TV series based on the novel set during the Russian Revolution.
ElisabethAn adaptation of the German musical about Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria. Directed by Shekar Kapur.
EmperorAction epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father.Francesca Sartori
Fanny Lye Deliver'd"Set on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657, the story of Fanny Lye, a woman who learns to transcend her oppressive marriage and discover a new world of possibility."Michael O'Connor
The Farnsworth HouseThe story of the relationship in 1947 between architect Mies Van der Rohe and his client Dr. Edith Farnsworth building the landmark Farnsworth House near Chicago.
Flying HorseA biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns.
The Gilded AgeTV series set in 1880s New York City created by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.HBO
Hallelujah!Composer George Frideric Handel prepares for the premiere of his masterpiece, 'Messiah.'
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara"The treatment of a young Jewish boy, forcibly raised as a Christian in 19th century Italy, creates a furor which pits the Papacy itself against forces of democracy and Italian unification."
The King"King Kamehameha fulfills his life-long prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian islands."
LeonardoTV miniseries about Leonardo da Vinci starring Aidan Turner.Alessandro Lai
Lucy and DesiCate Blanchett as Lucille Ball.
The Luminaries"Adventure mystery set in the midst of New Zealand's 1860's gold rush."Edward K. Gibbon
The Man Who Saved ParisThe most successful brothel owner in Paris during the 1940's is asked by the government to restore the city's image (City of Love, Romance, Light) after the Nazi Occupation.
The Marquis"The doomed and passionate relationship between the Marquis de Montespan and his wife Athénaïs, who became mistress to Louis XIV."
Maya Lord"The story of 16th-century Spaniard, Gonzalo Guerrero, who was held captive by a Mayan tribe and eventually converts to their ways and beliefs and fights for them against the Spanish."
MedievalThe story of 14th-century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.Katerina Mirová
The MedusaSet during the turmoil of post-Napoleonic France, the story centers on an artist obsessed with the disaster of a Naval vessel named the Medusa.
The Night Circus"In the 19th century, two young prodigy illusionists are groomed to battle out their fathers' age-old rivalry in an enchanted circus created just for their competition. They complicate matters by falling in love."
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."Anaïs Romand
The Pursuit of LoveA new BBC adaption of Nancy Mitford’s interwar novel.
Radical Eye: The Life and Times of Tina ModottiBiopic of Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist starring Monica Bellucci.
The Rising: 1916"To free their people from centuries of oppression, a young polio survivor and his old firebrand mentor plan a secret rebellion against the British Empire."
RooseveltA biopic about President Theodore Roosevelt starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
SeacoleThe story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who sought to work with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.Luminita Lungu
ShackletonBiopic of the 1910s Antarctic explorer starring Tom Hardy.
The Shelley Society"Follows a young Mary Shelley and a band of her fellow Romantics, including Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, as they battle supernatural threats, including the creature from Mary Shelley's own 'Frankenstein.'"HBO Max
SisiMiniseries about Austrian Empress Elisabeth II.
Untitled James Miranda Barry ProjectRachel Weisz as the early female doctor who disguised herself as a man in order to practice.
The Underground Railroad"A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south."Amazon
Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford ManifestoBiopic of early film actress Mary Pickford.Amit Gajwani
The Woman KingThe story of the 18th-century female warriors of the African Kingdom of Dahomey.
Young Woman and the Sea"The story of Trudy Ederle, who in 1926, was the first woman to ever swim across the English Channel."