On the heels of successful BBC series which have partnered with other networks in North America (such as 'Downton Abbey' with PBS), 'The White Queen,' an adaptation of the novel from Philippa Gregory, is a joint venture between BBC and Starz. The two networks are aiming to release the series in the July-August timeframe, potentially seeing a simultaneous release on both sides of the pond. Today, BBC & Starz released the first trailer for the upcoming 10-episode inagural season of 'The White Queen,' which you can see below.
Starz acquired the rights to Gregory's book series back in September of 2012. This period drama is set during England's War of the Roses with former HBO Films president Colin Callender is attached to ‘The White Queen’ as an Executive Producer. ‘The White Queen’ adapts the first three novels in Gregory’s ‘The Cousins War’ series, an historical drama set during England’s War of the Roses. The war raged across a thirty-year span during the 1400’s between the rival houses of Lancaster and York, whose heraldic insignias were red & white roses, respectively. Sound familiar? It should; with ‘Game of Thrones’ at an all-time high in popularity, Starz seems primed to bring a more realistic and historically accurate drama to the same demographic. Y’know… without the dragons.
The plot of the novels follows Elizabeth Woodville of the House of Lancaster, widowed after her valiant husband is slain in battle. The seduction of the reigning King (of the rival house) begins—murder and underhanded deals are sure to follow.
As the trailer promises, this is "a war that won't be won on the battlefield." Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below!