This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 18th June 2017

June 18, 2017

Business returns to usual this week with a flurry of exciting updates and trailers. From an beautiful and uplifting trailer without any disastrous events (so rare!), to everyone’s favourite northerner taking on the role of an Italian aristocrat, read on for the latest news in the world of period dramas.

Trailer Released for Goodbye Christopher Robin

It’s very common these days to see trailers that ramp up the misery until by the end of two minutes and thirty seconds, you feel that the finished product has to pull something significant out of the script to find a resolution. The first trailer for the film Goodbye Christopher Robin bucks that tired trend, instead giving us a wisely brief look at a really sumptuous, and importantly, optimistic period drama.

Based on the life of Winnie The Pooh creator A.A. Milne, the movie is directed by Simon Curtis, who also created the heartfelt My Week With Marilyn in 2011, as well as 1999’s David Copperfield. It starts Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. Make sure you give this teaser a watch (hopefully future trailers are just as restrained too) –

Mary Queen of Scots Welcomes New Cast Members

A planned historical drama about Mary Queen of Scots saw not one, but two casting announcements this week. Scottish actor Jack Lowden (War & Peace) has been cast as Mary’s troublesome second husband Darnley, whilst little known actor Joe Alwyn will take on the role of Elizabeth I’s lover Dudley. They’ll be joining Saoirse Ronan as the titular character and Margot Robbie as her cousin Elizabeth.

The historical basis of Mary Queen of Scots’ life is one of drama, betrayal and murder, so it’s natural that it’s become a keen favourite to retell on the big screen. One of the most recent interpretations was in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, where Mary was played to great effect by Samantha Morton. This latest version however, has been in development since 2012 and is expected to provide a completely new perspective on a pivotal historical figure.

TV Series About Shakespeare’s Rebellious Youth Gets New Trailer

The new trailer for TNT’s drama series Will has been released, focused on the life of Shakespeare during his younger years in the madness of London. With the trailer’s heavy modern soundtrack, this drama looks like a cross between the BBC’s Versailles and HBO’s Game of Thrones. It also looks firmly targeted towards an audience of little discretion for historical accuracy, with a questionable amount of shiny punk costumes that seem far from the unsanitised lifestyles of the Elizabethan era.

Still, much as we love period-appropriate costuming, there is always some fun to be had with playing with set perceptions. Newcomer Laurie Davidson takes the lead role, whilst period drama veteran Jamie Campbell-Bower (Anonymous, Camelot) makes a brief appearance. It will premiere mid-July in the United States – UK release dates have yet to be confirmed.

Sean Bean Joins Second Season of Medici

Medici, which finished its first season in November of last year, has welcomed another famous face to the cast which has already seen names such as Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden. Sean Bean will be appearing as aristocrat Jacopo Pazzi, a man ready to take on the city with his schemes and plans. A decision on whether he’ll keep his lovely natural accent or attempt an Italian one has still to be confirmed.

The second season will be taking on quite a leap, starting 20 years after the conclusion of the first season. After winning viewers over as something of a sleeper hit, this next set of episodes have been produced as a Netflix Original, and with a predicted 2018 launch, will be available on the streaming platform in the U.S.A, U.K., Canada, India, and Taiwan.

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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