The Serpent Queen Trailer: Watch Samantha Morton as Catherine de Medici

Starz has released the official trailer for The Snake Queen, the upcoming historical drama starring Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as the evil queen of France, Catherine de Medici. The series is scheduled to debut on September 11.

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The video, which you can check out below, features the villainous Catherine de Medici, who against all odds became one of the most powerful and longest-serving rulers in French history. It teases the harsh things she will do in the name of absolute power.

The Snake Queen is described as a historical drama with an edge as it offers a contemporary spin on conventional storytelling to tell the story of Catherine de Medici’s rise to power. With Morton are Sennia Nanua, Liv Hill, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Colm Meaney, Kiruna Stamell, Barry Atsma, Alex Heath, Amrita Acharia, Enzo Cilenti, Antonia Clarke, Adam Garcia, Beth Goddard, Raza Jaffrey, Ray Panthaki, Nicholas Burns , Danny Kirrane and Rupert Everett.

“In the series premiere, ‘Medici Bitch,’ Catherine’s narrative unfolds through flashbacks as she defends her actions and imparts the lessons she’s learned to her new maid, Rahima,” reads the synopsis. “At the age of 14, the young, orphaned Catherine marries into the 16th-century French court. Despite her commoner status, her uncle Pope Clement has negotiated a large dowry and a geopolitical alliance in return for the union , and with it comes the anticipation of many heirs.But on her wedding night, Catherine discovers that her new husband is in love with Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful lady-in-waiting twice her age.

With her future suddenly uncertain and with little hope of conceiving, Catherine must quickly learn who she can trust—both within her personal entourage of courtiers and members of the royal court—while outmaneuvering anyone who underestimates her will to to survive at all costs.”

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The Snake Queen is based on the book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. It is written and executive produced by Justin Haythe, with Stacie Passon set to direct several episodes and serve as an executive producer.

Additional executive producers include Francis Lawrence and Erwin Stoff. The series is produced for STARZ by Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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