has released a first-look photo of Helen Mirren
in costume as Catherine the Great
for the upcoming miniseries of the same name.
In the four-part historical drama, co-produced by HBO and Sky
, Mirren plays the 18th-century Russian empress who is described as “strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated — the definition of the modern woman.”
“Catherine the Great” will follow Catherine toward the end of her reign, during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke
. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.
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Five additional actors have also been announced for the series.Gina McKee
”) will play Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante. Rory Kinnear
(“The Imitation Game
”) will play Minister Panin,