February 07, 2024

Mary and George (Well, Hello There!)

Ran across this trailer yesterday, and color me well and truly intrigued.

From the YT page:

Mary & George is inspired by the unbelievable true story of Mary Villiers (Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore), who molded her beautiful and charismatic son, George (Nicholas Galitzine), to seduce King James VI of Scotland and I of England (Tony Curran) and become his all-powerful lover.

Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King’s most trusted advisors. And with England’s place on the world stage under threat from a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the King, the stakes could not have been higher. Prepared to stop at nothing and armed with her ruthless political steel, Mary married her way up the ranks, bribed politicians, colluded with criminals and clawed her way into the heart of the Establishment, making it her own.

Mary & George is an audacious historical psychodrama about a treacherous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the Court of England and the bed of its King.

George Villiers was, by many accounts, an utter sleazebag, and his Wiki entry is wild. I won't be able to see the series since I don't have the streaming service for it, but I'm all for Jacobean gay intrigue (not to mention disastrous results -- not because of Villiers's sexual orientation, but because of his narcissism and greed).

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