Academy Award and BAFTA-winning actor Julianne Moore is to star in the new Sky Original and AMC Networks drama ‘Mary & George,’ a deliciously dangerous eight-part limited series based on the true story of  Mary Villiers (Moore).

The series follows Villiers (Moore), who moulded her beautiful son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled, and influential mother and son England had ever seen. The series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and will debut later next year.

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Julianne Moore said, “Mary Villiers was a woman who through her own actions rose to become a powerful and influential figure in Jacobean London.  It’s a daunting but exhilarating challenge to bring her to life on screen.” 

Produced by Hera Pictures in association with Sky Studios and is written by acclaimed playwright DC Moore (Killing Eve, Temple), inspired by the non-fiction book “The King’s Assassin” by Benjamin Woolley. The lead director is Oliver Hermanus, award-winning director of Moffie and Living, currently screening to critical acclaim at Sundance, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and London.

Mary & George is expected to air in 2023 on Sky in the UK, Ireland, DACH and Italy. AMC Networks holds exclusive distribution in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.