STARZ RELEASES OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR "THE SPANISH PRINCESS" AND ANNOUNCES MAY 5TH GLOBAL PREMIERE DATE
Follow up to the Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominated STARZ Original Miniseries "The White Queen" and the Acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series "The White Princess"
Santa Monica, Calif. - March 7, 2019 - Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), today announced that the STARZ Original Limited Series "The Spanish Princess" will premiere Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 8PM ET/ PT on STARZ in the U.S. and on the STARZPLAY platform in the U.K. and Germany. Additionally, STARZ today released the official trailer of "The Spanish Princess," the third installment following the Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) award-nominated STARZ Original Miniseries "The White Queen" and the critically acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series "The White Princess." Produced by Playground and All3 Media's New Pictures, the Limited Series is drawn from the global best-selling novels, The Constant Princess and The King's Curse, written by Philippa Gregory.
"Catherine of Aragon has generally been depicted negatively, as an unwanted and burdensome wife, so this story of her early years as a strong, driven young woman and shrewd political player is a fresh and untold tale. We are also especially pleased to be able to bring into the light the inspiring story of people of color in early Tudor England," said showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham.
About "The Spanish Princess"
Returning to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, "The Spanish Princess" is a vivid and captivating story told uniquely from the point of view of the women, which also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history: the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London.
Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope) is the strong-willed young Princess of Spain, who has been promised the English throne since she was a child. She arrives in a grey, rain-lashed England with her glorious and diverse court including her ladies-in-waiting Lina (Stephanie Levi-John) - a Spanish noble of African Iberian descent - and the sweet and free-spirited Rosa (Nadia Parkes). When her husband Prince Arthur dies suddenly, the throne seems lost to Catherine until she devises an audacious plan and sets her sights on the new heir, the charismatic and headstrong Prince Harry who will one day rule as King Henry VIII.
"The Spanish Princess" also stars Aaron Cobham ("Cold Feet," Coronation Street") as Spanish soldier Oviedo, Dame Harriet Walter ("The Crown," "Call the Midwife") as Margaret Beaufort, Laura Carmichael ("Downton Abbey," "Marcella") as Margaret 'Maggie' Pole, Ruairi O'Connor ("Delicious") as Harry (who will become King Henry VIII), Elliot Cowan ("Da Vinci's Demons") as King Henry, Alan McKenna ("Save Me," The Hitman's Bodyguard) as Richard Pole, Angus Imrie (The Kid Who Would Be King, "Kingdom") as Prince Arthur, Alexandra Moen ("Fortitude," "Dickensian") as Queen Elizabeth, and Georgie Henley (The Narnia franchise, The Sisterhood of the Night) as Margaret 'Meg' Tudor.
Acclaimed writer Emma Frost (STARZ Originals "The White Queen" and "The White Princess," "The Man in High Castle") and Matthew Graham ("Life on Mars," "Electric Dreams," "Dr. Who") serve as showrunners and executive producers. Executive producing with Frost and Graham are Colin Callender ("The White Queen," "The Dresser," "Wolf Hall") and Scott Huff ("Howards End," "The White Princess," "The Missing") from Playground and Charlie Pattinson ("The White Queen," "Requiem," "The Missing 1 & 2") and Charlie Hampton ("Shameless," "Wild at Heart," "Inspector George Gently") from All3 Media's New Pictures.
Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV and SVOD rights to the series. Lionsgate retains all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights.
Charlotte Hope stars in the titular role and is based on Philippa Gregory's novels The Constant Princess and The King's Curse. The series production team shot on location in England and Spain. They were given access to Spain's Alhambra and Alcazar palaces (for two hours before it opened to the public).
“This is a story about immigrants, and it was a wonderful opportunity to put those people of color centrally in the show,” says Emma Frost (The White Queen, The White Princess, The Man in the High Castle). “Our job is to stand on the shoulders of the facts [to] create characters who will work for a 21st-century audience.” Particularly when those characters are a surprisingly modern 16th-century Queen and her diverse court.