By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
8:33 PM CDT, July 31, 2013
Starz will present an advance screening of its new period drama "The White Queen” at 9 p.m. Aug. 9, just after the Season 2 finale of its mob drama "Magic City.”
"The White Queen," adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling "The Cousins' War" novels based on England's War of the Roses, tells the story of the fight for the English throne from the perspectives of three women who laid claim to that throne: Elizabeth Woodville (Gregory's "The White Queen"), Margaret Beaufort ("The Red Queen") and Anne Neville ("The Kingmaker's Daughter"). These three women battled behind-the-scenes anyone who threatened their claim.
After the advance screening, the 10-part limited series will have its official premiere at 7 p.m. CT Aug. 10, then move to its regular time period of 8 p.m. the following week. Check out the latest trailer above, and read more from Starz below.
Anyone who loves costume dramas, British monarchy history or romance is going to enjoy "The White Queen." It might even hook some of those who don't.
In the STARZ original drama, the year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled England, and war has been ravaging throughout the country over who is the rightful king. It is a blood feud between two sides of the same family; The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York’s young heir Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of his mentor and advisor, the master manipulator Lord Warwick, known at court as "The Kingmaker.” 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 for the crown ensues between Elizabeth, her fiercest adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, a pawn in her father’s power game.
"The White Queen” stars Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, Max Irons (The Host) as Edward IV, Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as Elizabeth’s mother Jacquetta Woodville, James Frain ("The Tudors”) as The Kingmaker and Amanda Hale ("The Crimson Petal and the White”) as mother to Henry Tudor, Margaret Beaufort. The series also stars Faye Marsay as Anne Neville, David Oakes as George, Duke of Clarence, Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabel Neville, Aneurin Barnard as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Ben Lamb as Anthony Rivers and Tom McKay as Jasper Tudor.
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