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
The Happy PrinceRupert Everett writes, directs, & stars in this Oscar Wilde biopic.Giovanni Casalnuovo, Maurizio MillenottiOctober 5, 2018
VersaillesSeason 3 of the 17th-c. series will be the last!Madeline FontaineOctober 6, 2018, on Ovation
First ManBiopic of Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.Mary ZophresOctober 12, 2018
OutlanderSeason 4 of the 18th-c. Scots time-traveling saga returns!Terry DresbachNovember 4, 2018, on Starz
Outlaw KingScotland's King Robert the Bruce fights the British.Jane PetrieNovember 9, 2018, on Netflix
At Eternity's GateA look at Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles.Karen Muller SerreauNovember 16, 2018
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2The next installment of the Harry Potter series set in 1920s America.Colleen AtwoodNovember 16, 2018
Robin Hood"The story will center on Robin Hood being a war-hardened crusader and joining with a Moorish commander in an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown."Julian DayNovember 21, 2018
The FavouriteQueen Anne of England, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone).Sandy PowellNovember 23, 2018
Wuthering HeightsAnother adaption of Emily Brontë's novel.November 30, 2018
TimelessA two-part movie will wrap up the time-traveling TV series.Mari-An CeoDecember 2018 on NBC
Mary Queen of ScotsFilm biopic of the Scottish queen starring Saoirse Ronan.Alexandra ByrneDecember 7, 2018
Mary Poppins ReturnsIn Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.Sandy PowellDecember 19, 2018
Holmes and WatsonA humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries with Will Ferrell as Sherlock.Beatrix Aruna PasztorDecember 21, 2018
Aspern PapersAdaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, set in 1885 Venice.Birgit Hutter2018
The Current WarJake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch as "Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people."Michael Wilkinson2018
ElisabethAn adaptation of the German musical about Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria. Directed by Shekar Kapur.2018
In Like FlynnBiopic of Errol Flynn's roust-about early life in Australia, as an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. Glenn T2018
Les Miserables Non-singing BBC miniseries based on Victor Hugo's novel.Marianne Agertoft2018
Mademoiselle Paradis"A blind pianist living in 18th-century Vienna forms an extraordinary relationship with the physician who is trying to restore her sight."Veronika Albert2018
The Man Who Killed Don QuixoteAn advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st-century London and 17th-century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.Lena Mossum2018
Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters"The life, plight and loves of the eminent Mary Anning, an 1800s fossil hunter."2018
One Nation, One King aka Un Peuple et Son RoiThe events of the 1789 French Revolution told from the point of view of ordinary people.Anaïs Romand2018
Ophelia"A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective."Massimo Cantini Parrini2018
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 Mhaoldomhnaigh2018
Swords and SceptresThe 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 Singhania2018
TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien, a lovelorn soldier on his return from the Great War, creates the fantasy series "The Lord of the Rings."Colleen Kelsall2018
Vanity FairThe latest TV adaptation of the Thackeray novel.Lucinda Wright2018 on Amazon
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.Lorna Marie Mugan2018
The Woman in WhiteA TV miniseries adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic gothic novel.Susan Scott2018
VictoriaSeason 3 of Queen Victoria's reign.Rosalind EbbuttJanuary 13, 2019, on PBS
Peterloo"A drama based on events surrounding the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”Jacqueline DurranApril 5, 2019
Downton Abbey MovieThe Crawley clan are coming to the big screen!September 20, 2019
Death on the NileKenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in a remake of the Agatha Christie mystery.December 20, 2019
Little WomenAnother big-screen adaption of the Louisa May Alcott story.December 25, 2019
Banking on Mr. ToadBiopic of writer Kenneth Grahame and the birth of his iconic story "The Wind in the Willows."2019
The Chaperone"In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City."Candice Donnelly2019
Elisa y MarcelaThe story of the first same-sex marriage in Spain to take place after the Roman Imperial era, which occurred on 8 June 1901 between two women.Mercè Paloma2019 on Netflix
GeniusThe third season of this biographic series recreates the life of Mary Shelley.2019 on National Geographic
Gentleman JackA BBC-produced movie about Anne Lister, a wealthy 1830s lesbian.Tom Pye2019
The Gilded AgeTV series set in 1880s New York City created by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.2019 on NBC
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."2019
The Name of the RoseTV series based on Umberto Eco's novel following a medieval monk investigating a series of murders.Maurizio Millenotti2019 on Sundance
The Underground Railroad"A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south."2019 on Amazon
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
1066The story of the most famous date in English history.Piero Risani
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 ByrneAmazon
The Beautiful and the Damned"The true story of Zelda Fitzgerald (and her famous husband F. Scott), the Jazz Age icons who lived large, soared high and crashed very hard."
The Black CountThe story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the first black soldier to become a brigadier general in the French military.
Catherine the GreatHelen Mirren in a TV miniseries about the Russian monarch.Maja MeschedeHBO
Catherine the GreatBiopic to be directed by Barbra Streisand.
CleopatraAnother round at Cleopatra's legendary story, this time with Angelina Jolie starring.
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 Custom of the CountryEdith Wharton novel, Scarlett Johansson is attached.
Death and Nightingales"An epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885."Hazel Webb Crozier
The Devil in the White CityAn architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.
East of EdenJennifer Lawrence stars in this adaptation of a Steinbeck novel.
EmperorAction epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father.Francesca Sartori
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly StoryChristina Ricci stars in a TV movie as the 19th-century journalist who exposed mistreatment of asylum patients in New York.Joanna SyrokomlaLifetime
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
Flying HorseA biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns.
HarrietThe story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.Paul Tazewell
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 KingKing Kamehameha fulfills his life-long prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian islands.
The King's Daughter”King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.” Pierce Brosnan plays Louis.Lizzy Gardiner
The Living and the DeadSet in 1894 in Somerset, a couple who have moved into a new house but strange and dangerous paranormal goings-on start to plague them.
The Long SongA BBC miniseries about an enslaved woman living in Jamaica in 1838 under British rule.Charlotte Holdich
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."
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.
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 Boyle
Radium GirlsBased on the women who were poisoned by working in radium factories in the 1920s.Sylvia Grieser
RooseveltA biopic about President Theodore Roosevelt.
SanditonAn 8-part miniseries based on Jane Austen's unfinished final novel.PBS
The Spanish PrincessAnother Philippa Gregory TV miniseries adaption, this one's about Catherine of Aragon.Starz
VivaldiThe composer's early life as a music teacher at a school for the illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans.
The Woman KingViola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o star in a movie about the warriors of the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries.