Max Irons romances Saoirse Ronan this weekend in the movie "The Host," and if this teaser is any indication, the British actor will be steaming up TV screens this summer as King Edward IV.

Irons, son of "The Borgias" star Jeremy Irons, plays King Edward in the 10-part series "The White Queen" set to premiere in August on Starz. It is based on "The War of the Roses" novels by Philippa Gregory.

A look at England before the time of the "The Tudors," the new series is told from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville--"three different, yet equally relentless women."

Says Starz:
The year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled the country, and war has been ravaging throughout England over who is the rightful King. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family; The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York's young and handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator, Lord Warwick "The Kingmaker." But when Edward falls in love with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick's plan to control the throne comes crashing down. A violent, high-stakes struggle ensues between Elizabeth, her most fierce adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville, the pawn in her father's power game--each woman vying for the crown.

Rebecca Ferguson plays Elizabeth Woodville, Amanda Hale stars as Margaret Beaufort and Faye Marsay is Anne Neville. King Edward's brothers are played by David Oakes as George, Duke of Clarence, and Aneurin Barnard as Richard, Duke of Gloucester (who becomes the infamous Richard III). Other cast members include Janet McTeer as Jaquetta Woodville, James Frain as Lord Warwick, Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabel Neville, Ben Lamb as Anthony Rivers and Tom McKay as Jasper Tudor.

Check out the previously released sneak of "The White Queen" below:


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