Helen Mirren is resuming her rightful role as queen.
The legendary actress, who starred in the 2005 series Elizabeth I, is dusting off her crown to portray an 18th-century Russian monarch in the new HBO and Sky miniseries, Catherine the Great.
Mirren told Variety, “I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power. 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.”
The four-part miniseries, which joins The Crown director Philip Martin with Elizabeth 1 scribe Nigel Williams, will explore Catherine the Great’s life as she neared the end of her reign (including her saucy affair with Gregory Potemkin). Filming is expected to begin this year and a release date has not yet been announced.
First Meryl Streep, now this? Talk about good karma.