Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great

Things We Saw Today: Gillian Anderson Joins S2 of Hulu’s The Great

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Hulu’s dark “anti-historical” comedy The Great, which follows the tumultuous marriage of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and Peter III of Russia (Nicholas Hoult), quickly captured our interest with its witty dialogue, lavish costumes, and terrific performances. And while the series strays far from actual events, it is nevertheless an entertaining romp.

The series just dropped its first trailer for season 2, which finds a pregnant Catherine still locked in a power struggle with her husband. And in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, we get our first look at Gillian Anderson as Catherine’s mother Joanna. Anderson, who will appear in two episodes next season, is described as “a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the “maestro of marriage” for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation.”

Season 2 of The Great premieres November 19 on Hulu.

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