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
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
TimelessA two-hour movie will wrap up the time-traveling TV series.Mari-An CeoDecember 20, 2018, on NBC
All Is TrueSet in 1613 with Kenneth Branagh as Shakespeare, Judi Dench as his wife Anne, and Ian McKellen as the Earl of Southampton.Michael O'ConnorDecember 21, 2018 (limited)
Holmes and WatsonA humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries with Will Ferrell as Sherlock.Beatrix Aruna PasztorDecember 21, 2018
Vanity FairThe latest TV adaptation of the Thackeray novel.Lucinda WrightDecember 21, 2018, on Amazon
On the Basis of SexSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early years.Isis MussendenDecember 25, 2018
Stan & OllieComedians Laurel & Hardy tour BritainGuy SperanzaDecember 28, 2018
Aspern PapersAdaptation of a Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, set in 1885 Venice.Birgit Hutter2018
CarmillaA love story inspired by the gothic novel of the same name.John Bright2018
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
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
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
Radium GirlsBased on the women who were poisoned by working in radium factories in the 1920s.Sylvia Grieser2018
Vita and VirginiaThe love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.Lorna Marie Mugan2018
Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford ManifestoBiopic of early film actress Mary PickfordAmit Gajwani2018
VictoriaSeason 3 of Queen Victoria's reign.Rosalind EbbuttJanuary 13, 2019, on PBS
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 SyrokomlaJanuary 19, 2019 on Lifetime
Dumbo"A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. But when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer."Colleen AtwoodMarch 29, 2019
Mrs. WilsonA mid-century woman finds out her recently deceased husband was a bigamist.Lorna Marie MuganMarch 31, 2019
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
The AftermathA British woman (Keira Knightley) joins her husband in Hamburg in the immediate aftermath of WWII.Bojana NikitovicApril 26, 2019
Downton Abbey MovieThe Crawley clan are coming to the big screen!September 20, 2019
Little WomenAnother big-screen adaption of the Louisa May Alcott story.December 25, 2019
The ABC MurdersJohn Malkovich plays Poirot in this 1930s TV mystery.Lindsay Pugh2019 on Amazon
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 Byrne2019 on Amazon
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 miniseries about Anne Lister, a wealthy 1830s lesbian.Tom Pye2019 on HBO
The Gilded AgeTV series set in 1880s New York City created by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.2019 on NBC
HarrietThe story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.Paul Tazewell2019
The KingA retelling of Henry V's story starring Timothée Chalamet.Jane Petrie2019 on Netflix
Les Miserables Non-singing BBC miniseries based on Victor Hugo's novel.Marianne Agertoft2019 on PBS
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
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of TearsPhryne and friends solve a big-screen mystery in the 1920s.Margot Wilson2019
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 Personal History of David CopperfieldDickens adaptation with Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, and more.Suzie Harman2019
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 Mhaoldomhnaigh2019
The Spanish PrincessAnother Philippa Gregory TV miniseries adaption, this one's about Catherine of Aragon.Phoebe de Gaye2019 on Starz
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
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
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
1066The story of the most famous date in English history.Piero Risani
BachA biopic of composer Johann Sebastian Bach starring Gérard Depardieu.
The Black CountThe story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the first black soldier to become a brigadier general in the French military.
BlondeSomething about Marilyn Monroe
Catherine the GreatHelen Mirren in a TV miniseries about the Russian monarch.Maja MeschedeHBO
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.
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 and Nightingales"An epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885."Hazel Webb Crozier
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
Flying HorseA biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns.
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 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 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
Mademoiselle de Joncquières"Fooled by a notorious libertine, a widow plans her revenge."Pierre-Jean LarroqueNetflix
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.
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."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 Boyle
RebeccaAnother adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel, starring Lily James.
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.
SanditonAn 8-part miniseries based on Jane Austen's unfinished final novel.PBS
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
Sonja: The White SwanBiopic about athelete turned actress Sonja Henie.Lorna Marie Mugan and Lena Mossum
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 Mitchell
TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien, a lovelorn soldier on his return from the Great War, creates the fantasy series "The Lord of the Rings."Colleen Kelsall
The Woman KingThe story of the 18th century female warriors of the African Kingdom of Dahomey.
Untitled James Miranda Barry ProjectRachel Weisz as the early female doctor who disguised herself as a man in order to practice.