STARZ SETS SUNDAY, JUNE 12 PREMIERE FOR NEW DRAMA SERIES "BECOMING ELIZABETH" AND RELEASES TRAILER AND KEY ART
THE QUEEN YOU KNOW, THE GIRL YOU DON'T
STARZ SETS SUNDAY, JUNE 12 PREMIERE FOR NEW DRAMA SERIES "BECOMING ELIZABETH" DETAILING THE UNTOLD TEENAGE YEARS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I
Los Angeles -
Santa Monica, Calif. - April 21, 2022 - STARZ announces a Sunday, June 12 premiere for "Becoming Elizabeth," its upcoming Tudor drama exploring the fascinating, untold story of the early life of England's most iconic Queen, and releases the trailer and key art.
"Becoming Elizabeth" premieres Sunday, June 12 at midnight on the STARZ app, all STARZ streaming and on-demand platforms and internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across all territories. On linear, it will debut on STARZ at 9:00 ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada.
Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor, played by Alicia von Rittberg (Fury, "Charité,""Genius"), was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. The death of King Henry VIII sees his nine-year-old son Edward, played by Oliver Zetterström (The Midnight Gang, "The Romanoffs"), take the throne and sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power when Elizabeth, Edward and their sister Mary, played by Romola Garai ("The Hour," "The Miniaturist") find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.
Additional key players in the relentless quest for power include King Henry's widow, Catherine Parr, played by Jessica Raine ("The Informer," "Patrick Melrose"), Thomas Seymour, played by Tom Cullen (Weekend, "Black Mirror"), the new King's uncle, who quickly marries the widowed Catherine but soon takes an interest in the teenage Elizabeth and Duke of Somerset, played by John Heffernan ("The Pursuit of Love," "The Crown"), who loses no time in claiming the position of Lord Protector for himself when the old King dies.
The upcoming drama series also stars Jamie Blackley (Greed, "The Last Kingdom"), Alexandra Gilbreath (Tulip Fever, RSC's "Provoked Wife"), Jamie Parker (1917, "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child"), Leo Bill (Rare Beasts, In Fabric), Bella Ramsey ("Game of Thrones," "The Last of Us"), Ekow Quartey ("This Way Up," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Shakespeare's Globe), Alex Macqueen ("Sally4Ever," "Peaky Blinders") and Olivier Huband ("I Hate Suzie," "A Discovery of Witches").
"Becoming Elizabeth" is created and written by award-winning playwright and television screenwriter Anya Reiss ("Spur of the Moment," The Acid Test) who also serves as executive producer with The Forge's George Ormond ("National Treasure," "Great Expectations") and George Faber ("Shameless," STARZ's "The White Queen") with Lisa Osborne ("Little Dorrit," "Man in an Orange Shirt") producing.
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**About STARZ **
STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the "best of global SVOD." STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.
About The Forge
The Forge is one of the UK's preeminent drama producers, specialising in original, innovative and high-quality TV drama, working in collaboration with the UK's leading and emerging creative talent. Production credits include Jack Thorne's multi-BAFTA-winning trilogy NATIONAL TREASURE, KIRI and THE ACCIDENT (C4/HULU) and acclaimed single drama HELP (C4), starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham; Ayub Khan Din's award-winning returning schools' series ACKLEY BRIDGE (C4); Peter Moffat's THE LAST POST (BBC1/AMAZON); John Brownlow's adaptation of Jessie Burton's THE MINIATURIST (BBC1/WGBH) starring Anya Taylor-Joy; Levi David Addai's DARK MONEY (BBC1) and David Hare's COLLATERAL (BBC2/NETFLIX) starring Carey Mulligan and ROADKILL (BBC1/MASTERPIECE), a political thriller starring Hugh Laurie. Most recently The Forge produced RULES OF THE GAME (BBC1), a 4-part thriller about sexual politics in the modern workplace, written by Ruth Fowler and starring Maxine Peake. The Forge are currently in production with MARRIAGE (BBC1), a 4-part drama from two time BAFTA-winning writer and director Stefan Golaszewski, starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker.