TCA 2022 | Exec Producers on Why We Need Another Rendition of the Royal with Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth

Becoming Elizabeth on Starz

Queen Elizabeth I should be proud that her legacy spawned several series and films about her life. Now the most celebrated female British monarch comes back on the screen again with Becoming Elizabeth on Starz.

Here is the description of the series:

Becoming Elizabeth is the fascinating, untold story of the early life of England’s most iconic Queen. Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. The death of King Henry VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.

The world of Becoming Elizabeth is visceral, dangerous, and very bloody; a time in which every man or woman of the court is on the wheel of fortune, which may take them to a position of great power one moment, or the executioner’s block the next. Judgments are rendered quickly, and no one is safe.

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LRM Online was in attendance at the Television Critics Association presentation by Starz in the promotion of Becoming Elizabeth. The executive producers addressed how this series will be different from all the previous versions before.

“I suppose George [Ormond] is the one who came to be with this story and said, ‘Do you want to do the early years of Elizabeth I?’ And I myself thought, well, that’s been done,” said screenwriter Anya Reiss. “And then he told me the story and I realized it hadn’t been because I never knew what went on during her brother’s reign. I never knew about this relationship she had with Thomas Seymour, which seemed to touch on such relevant things now such as consent and gender imbalance and power imbalance within relationships. And just the idea of people running around using children as shields and this family drama playing out in the center of government felt like really new territory to me.”

Executive producer George Ormond added, “I think I felt exactly the same and we started doing some research into Elizabeth. Our starting point was we all think we knew who Elizabeth I is. She’s a total icon. But actually, we really don’t. And this story is incredible and, as Anya said, it’s really contemporary. It’s shocking. It’s provocative. It’s about a young, teenage girl who thinks she’s an adult. She’s equipped to deal with adult things and is thrust into this world that’s dangerous and finds herself drawn into this relationship, which raises all sorts of questions about consent and power.”

The panel also included Alicia von Rittberg as Elizabeth I and Tom Cullen as Thomas Seymour.

Starz launches the series Becoming Elizabeth this summer.

Source: Starz

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