‘Catherine the Great’ Trailer: Helen Mirren is a Ruthless Russian Empress in Epic HBO Miniseries

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Take a look at the big trailer HBO has released for Catherine the Great, the upcoming miniseries that will see Oscar-winner Helen Mirren playing the titular Russian monarch who ruled from 1762 until 1796.

After gaining power following a coup that she orchestrated, which resulted in the overthrowing of her husband, Peter III, the empress put Russia on a path of revitalisation and growth, making it one the great powers of Europe. The miniseries follows the tumultuous monarch towards the end of her reign and focuses on her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (played by Aussie actor Jason Clarke).

This HBO-Sky co-production certainly looks grand, with stunning cinematography from Stuart Howell (The Crown) and what look like standout design elements, from production (Tom Burton, The Night Manager) to costume (Maja Meschede, Fury). And with strong-looking performances from Mirren and Clarke, and supporting performances from the likes of Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), and Sam Palladio (Nashville), this could be a must-see bit of television.

Directed by Phillip Martin (who directed Mirren in Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act) and written by Nigel Williams (who penned the fantastic Mirren-starring HBO miniseries Elizabeth I).

Catherine the Great will hit HBO on October 3, 2019.

Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.

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