Philippa Gregory's 'Cousins' War' series will become a Starz TV show(Read article summary)
The series, titled 'The White Queen' after one of the novels in the trilogy, will run for 10 episodes.
Historical novelist Philippa Gregory‚Äôs British history series will be the basis of a new Starz miniseries titled ‚ÄúThe White Queen,‚ÄĚ which will premiere this August.
‚ÄúQueen‚ÄĚ will follow the events of Gregory‚Äôs books ‚ÄúThe Lady of the Rivers,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe White Queen,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Red Queen,‚ÄĚ which are known as the "Cousins‚Äô War" series. ‚ÄúRed‚ÄĚ centers on Margaret Beaufort, the mother of the first Tudor king Henry VII, while ‚ÄúWhite‚ÄĚ follows Elizabeth Woodville, who became queen by marrying King Edward IV. ‚ÄúRivers‚ÄĚ is the story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth‚Äôs mother. The conflict around which the series is built is the War of the Roses, in which the houses of York and Lancaster struggled for the English throne.
The series will run for 10 episodes and is produced in tandem with the BBC.
‚ÄúAll are heroines in the real sense of the word,‚ÄĚ Gregory said of her characters in a statement. ‚ÄúThey were courageous and determined and went through extraordinary danger, but they never abandoned their unwavering desire to return their family to power.... I think people are going to be surprised to see these remarkably powerful women when traditional history tells you female were simply relegated to be victims or wives or mothers.‚ÄĚ
The series stars ‚ÄúRipper Street‚ÄĚ actress Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort; ‚ÄúAlbert Nobbs‚ÄĚ actress Janet McTeer as Jacquetta of Luxembourg; actress Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville; Max Irons of ‚ÄúRed Riding Hood‚ÄĚ as Edward IV; and ‚ÄúThe Tudors‚ÄĚ actor James Frain as Lord Warwick, who serves as mentor to Edward IV.
‚ÄúQueen‚ÄĚ will premiere Aug. 10.
Gregory is best-known for her novel ‚ÄúThe Other Boleyn Girl,‚ÄĚ which followed Anne‚Äôs sister Mary Boleyn and her relationship with her more famous sibling and was released in 2001. It was released as a movie in 2008 starring Natalie Portman as Anne, Scarlett Johansson as Mary, and Eric Bana as King Henry VIII.