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Things We Saw Today: All Hail Empress Helen Mirren in HBO’s Catherine the Great Trailer

Somehow I had missed the news that the extraordinary Dame Helen Mirren would be playing Catherine the Great in HBO’s eponymous miniseries. This is a stroke of brilliant casting.

Mirren is in fine form in the trailer as Catherine, the uncompromising Empress who ruled Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. The four-part miniseries focuses on the Empress’s later years and her relationship with lover Grigory “Potemkin Villages” Potemkin, played by Brotherhood‘s Jason Clarke. “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman,” Mirren said of Catherine’s reign.

Here’s the synopsis from HBO:

Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia

This production looks lavish and like no expenses have been spared. I love overly dramatic historical pieces and also Helen Mirren, so I am here for every part of Catherine the Great.

(via Vulture, image: HBO)

Other things viewed today:

  • In which Bitch Media reviews The Kitchen. (via Bitch Media)
  • “Woody Allen: ‘I’ve Done Everything the #MeToo Movement Would Love to Achieve’” OK go away now. Go on. Shoo. (via IndieWire)
  • You can now buy that fabulous “bi chair,” for people “who can’t sit straight.” (via PinkNews)
  • First look at The Good Place season 4!!!! (via Nerdist)
  • Patty Jenkins now has an overall deal with Netflix, which is awesome. (via Deadline)

So much IT content today! Here’s some more.

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.