It’s a Mirren-cle: We’re getting another royal costume drama starring premiere queen impersonator, Helen Mirren!
Deadline reports that HBO and Sky will be airing a four part mini-series based on the life of Catherine the Great called, well, Catherine the Great. Mirren will play the titular character, and also serve as an executive producer. Written by Nigel Williams and directed by Philip Martin of The Crown, the series sounds like it will be extremely sexy:
Catherine the Great delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history. Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century – strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.
Yowza! The series will focus on the end of Catherine’s reign when she got all horned up with her lover Grigory Potemkin. The whole thing was apparently Mirren’s idea, as Catherine is a character she’s always wanted to play.
“I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power,” Mirren said. “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman, and succeeded to the extent of having the word Great attached to her name, Catherine the Great.”
Helen the Great has spoken.