Starz has released the official trailer for their latest historical drama titled Become Elizabeth, starring Alicia von Rittberg as a titular orphan who would later become queen. The series is set to premiere on Sunday, June 12th.
The video, which you can watch below, highlights the aftermath of the death of King Henry VIII and its impact on the relationship of the three surviving children: Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. He also teases Elizabeth’s coming-of-age story as she tries to take control of her own destiny.
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The series was created and written by renowned playwright Anja Reiss. This chronicle of the early years of Queen Elizabeth I follows an orphan teen on her way to becoming England’s most iconic queen.
«The plot centers on young Elizabeth Tudor, an orphan teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her way to the crown,» reads the synopsis. “The death of King Henry VIII marked the beginning of a dangerous struggle for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe, who vie for control of the country.
Become Elizabeth stars Alicia von Rittberg, Bella Ramsey, Romola Garay, Jessica Reign, Tom Cullen, Oliver Zetterström, John Heffernan, Alexandra Gilbreth, Jamie Blackley, Jacob Avery, Alex McQueen, Leo Bill, Olivier Haband, Eco Quartey and Robert Whitelock.
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Become Elizabeth hails from an all-female writing group that includes Reiss, Emily Ballou, Anna Jordan and Suhaila El Bushra. It was executive produced by George Ormond and George Faber of The Forge.