Helen Mirren to star in 'Catherine the Great' miniseries for HBO & Sky
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.
The miniseries, produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures, will follow Catherine towards the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, this is a story of obsessive love. Unable to publicly marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia as we know it today.
The project originated with Mirren who approached Origin Pictures with the idea for Catherine the Great when she was working on the company’s Woman in Gold, saying it’s a part she’d always wanted to play.