STARZ Picks Up Historical Drama, ‘White Queen’

STARZ is locking up its 2013 schedule with Philippa Gregory’s international best-selling trilogy, ‘The Cousins of War.”

“The White Queen,” a 10-episode order, is expected to premiere in 2013. Colin Callender, will serve as an executive producer on the series.

“Phillipa Gregory’s novels have become runaway best sellers with passionate fans the world over, making this a project ripe for reimagining,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Original Programming, for Starz, LLC.  “The period of England’s Wars of the Roses makes for a sensational historical backdrop as a time fraught with violence, mystery and intrigue.”

The series is about the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. It is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.

Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) will play Edward IV, the King of England, while “True Blood” alum James Frain will play his master manipulator Lord Warwick.Rebecca Fer guson will play Elizabeth Woodville, Edward’s new bride, with Oscar and Tony winner Janet McTeer has been cast as her sorceress mother.

The cast of “The White Queen” also includes: Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, David Oakes, Juliet Aubrey, Eleanor Tomlinson, Frances Tomelty, Michael Maloney, Ben Lamb, Hugh Mitchell, Simon Ginty, Eve Ponsenby, and Robert Pugh.

The series joins STARZ’s upcoming shows Da Vinci’s “Demons,” “Black Sails” and “Marco Polo.” White Queen will film in Bruges, Belgium, and premiere next year on Starz.

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