Starz period drama adds Beth Goddard, Alex Heath – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Beth Goddard (manhunt) unfolds like a series regular opposite Samantha Morton in Starz’s Queen of serpents, an eight-part period drama about Catherine de Medici. In addition, Alex Heath (Residence) returns in the series from writer and executive producer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary route), Francis Lawrence & Erwin Stoff. Production is underway in France.

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From Léonie Frieda’s book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France, The Serpent Queen is described as “a clever tale of one of the most influential women to ever wear a crown.” Considered an immigrant, ordinary and straightforward, Catherine de Medici (Morton) was married to the 16th century French court as an orphaned teenager who was supposed to bring a fortune in dowry and produce many heirs, only to discover that her husband was in love with her. ‘an older person. wife, her dowry is not paid and she is unable to conceive. Yet it is only with her intelligence and determination that she manages to keep her marriage alive and masters better than anyone the bloodthirsty sport of the monarchy, ruling France for 50 years.

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Goddard will play Antoinette Guise, who wears the pants in the family. At his goad, his sons will do anything to claim the throne, including starting a civil war.

Heath will reproduce as a young Henri.

Stacie Passon will direct several episodes, including the first episode. Executive producers are also Francis Lawrence and Erwin Stoff. Queen of serpents is produced for Starz by Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Goddard recently wrapped up filming a regular role on ITV’s second season Manhunt, which will air later this year. Other TV and movie credits include Become Elizabeth, Des, call the midwife and Foreigner, among others.

Heath was most recently seen in Residence for the BBC and has just completed a feature film Boiling point alongside Stephen Graham in 2022. He is replaced by The Gersh Agency, Principal Entertainment and Stevenson Withers Associates in the UK.