Sky and AMC have today revealed further casting for the dangerously daring historical psychodrama Mary & George as production continues in the UK.
The seven part Sky Original limited series is a dangerously daring historical psychodrama about an outrageous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the court of England and the bed of King James I.
The series is written by acclaimed playwright DC Moore (Killing Eve, Temple), inspired by the non-fiction book “The King’s Assassin” by Benjamin Woolley.
Tony Curran (Mayflies, Your Honour) is to play King James I alongside previously announced Academy Award and BAFTA-winning actor Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Far From Heaven) as Mary Villiers and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella, Purple Hearts) as George Villiers. Oliver Hermanus (Living, Moffie) helms the series as lead director alongside second and third block directors Alex Winckler (Somewhere Boy, This Way Up) and Florian Cossen (Deutschland 86, The Empress).
Also joining the cast of the limited event series are Nicola Walker (The Split, Unforgotten) as Lady Hatton, Niamh Algar (The Wonder, Malpractice) as Sandie, Trine Dyrholm (The Legacy, Queen Of Hearts) as Queen Anne, Sean Gilder (Sherwood, Slow Horses) as Sir Thomas Compton, Adrian Rawlins (Living, Chernobyl) as Sir Edward Coke, Mark O’Halloran (The Miracle Club, The Virtues) as Sir Francis Bacon, Laurie Davidson (Masters of the Air, Guilty Party) as Somerset, Samuel Blenkin (Atlanta, The Witcher: Blood Origin) as Prince Charles, Jacob McCarthy (SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Tragedy of Macbeth) as Kit Villiers, Tom Victor (Consent) as John Villiers, Alice Grant (Anthem at Almeida Theatre) as Susan Villiers, Amelia Gething (Emily, The Amelia Gething Complex) as Frances Coke, Mirren Mack (The Nest, The Witcher: Blood Origin) as Katherine Manners, Rina Mahoney (Happy Valley, Cobra) as Laura Ashcattle, and Simon Russell Beale (The Death of Stalin, The Outfit) as Sir George Villiers.
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Mary & George is inspired by the unbelievable true story of Mary Villiers, who moulded her beautiful and charismatic son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King’s most trusted advisors. And with England’s place on the world stage under threat from a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the King, the stakes could not have been higher.
Prepared to stop at nothing and armed with her ruthless political steel, Mary married her way up the ranks, bribed politicians, colluded with criminals and clawed her way into the heart of the Establishment, making it her own.
Mary & George will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Ireland, DACH and Italy. AMC Networks holds exclusive distribution in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.