Upcoming Movies

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
Bolden"A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans."Joyce Marling & Colleen MorrisMay 3, 2019
Tell It to the BeesIn 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient's mother. Stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger.Alison MitchellMay 3, 2019
The Spanish PrincessAnother Philippa Gregory TV miniseries adaption, this one's about Catherine of Aragon.Phoebe de GayeMay 5, 2019, on Starz
All Is TrueThe final days of Shakespeare, featuring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, & Ian McKellen.Michael O'ConnorMay 10, 2019
The Professor and the MadmanA professor begins work on the first Oxford English Dictionary in the 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at a lunatic asylum.Eimer Ni MhaoldomhnaighMay 10, 2019
TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien, a lovelorn soldier on his return from the Great War, creates the fantasy series "The Lord of the Rings."Colleen KelsallMay 10, 2019
The Name of the RoseTV series based on Umberto Eco's novel following a medieval monk investigating a series of murders.Maurizio MillenottiMay 23, 2019, on AMC
DeadwoodFeature film based on the TV series, 'Deadwood.'Janie BryantMay 31, 2019, on HBO
OpheliaA re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.Massimo Cantini ParriniJune 28, 2019
HarlotsSeason 3 of the 18th-century whorehouse battle resumes!Richard CookeJuly 10, 2019, on Hulu
The Current WarBiopic of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse set in the late 1880s. Benedict Cumberbatch stars.Michael WilkinsonJuly 31, 2019
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.Lorna Marie MuganAugust 30, 2019
Downton Abbey MovieThe Crawley clan are coming to the big screen!Anna RobbinsSeptember 20, 2019
JudyJudy Garland's final 1968 concerts, starring Renée Zellweger.Jany TemimeSeptember 27, 2019
PoldarkSeason 5 will be the last!Howard BurdenFall 2019 on PBS
The Aeronauts"Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon."Alexandra ByrneNovember 1, 2019
HarrietThe story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.Paul TazewellNovember 1, 2019
1917A World War I movie starring Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Colin Firth.Jacqueline DurranDecember 25, 2019
Little WomenAnother big-screen adaption of the Louisa May Alcott story.Jacqueline DurranDecember 25, 2019
Catherine the GreatHelen Mirren in a TV miniseries about the Russian monarch.Maja Meschede2019 on HBO
DickinsonA comedy series based on the world of writer Emily Dickinson.2019 on Apple TV
Elisa y MarcelaThe story of the first same-sex marriage in Spain to take place after the Roman Imperial era, which occurred on June 8, 1901.Mercè Paloma2019 on Netflix
The KingA retelling of Henry V's story starring Timothée Chalamet.Jane Petrie2019 on Netflix
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of TearsPhryne and friends solve a big-screen mystery in the 1920s.Margot Wilson2019 on Acorn
The Personal History of David CopperfieldDickens adaptation with Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, and more.Suzie Harman2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire"On an isolated island in Bretagne at the end of the 18th century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman."Dorothée Guiraud2019
SanditonAn 8-part miniseries based on Jane Austen's unfinished final novel.2019 on PBS
Swords and Sceptres: The Rani of JhansiThe true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.Swati Bhise, Riyaz Ali Merchant, & Vidhi Singhania2019
TabooSeason 2 of the gritty 1810s-set Tom Hardy series.2019
World on Fire"WWII drama centered on the lives of ordinary people affected by the war."2019
Year of the Rabbit"Detective Inspector Rabbit, oft inebriated, sleuths his way across Victorian London."2019
The Voyage of Doctor DolittleRobert Downey Jr. stars as the man who can talk to animals.Jenny BeavanJanuary 17, 2020
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 DaigelerMarch 27, 2020
Death on the NileKenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in a remake of the Agatha Christie mystery.Sammy Sheldon & Mary ZophresOctober 22, 2020
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
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."2020 on Hulu
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels"Series inspired by 'Penny Dreadful, set in 1938 Los Angeles, exploring a mix of supernatural and reality with characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and the Devil."2020 on Showtime
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
1066The story of the most famous date in English history.Piero Risani
BachA biopic of composer Johann Sebastian Bach starring Gérard Depardieu.
Banking on Mr. ToadBiopic of writer Kenneth Grahame and the birth of his iconic story "The Wind in the Willows."
Beecham House"A look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century."Joanna EatwellPBS
BelgraviaJulian Fellowes is adapting his novel, set in 1840s London, about the mixing of the aristocracy with the emerging industrial nouveau riche.
The Black CountThe story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the first black soldier to become a brigadier general in the French military.
BlondeA fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.Jennifer Johnson
Catherine the GreatBiopic starring Keira Knightley, directed by Barbra Streisand
CarmillaA love story inspired by the gothic novel of the same name.John Bright
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.
Come AwayA prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, beginning in the 19th century.Louise Stjernsward
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
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."
The Luminaries"Adventure mystery set in the midst of New Zealand's 1860's gold rush."Edward K. Gibbon
Madam C.J. WalkerMiniseries about America’s first black, self-made female millionaire set in the 1900s.Netflix
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."
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.
Miss Scarlet and the DukeTV series about a female detective in 1880s London.A&E Network
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."
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.
RebeccaAnother adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel, starring Lily James.Netflix
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."
Robert the BruceThe story of nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.
RooseveltA biopic about President Theodore Roosevelt starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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 Wright
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
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 Burden
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."