‘The Great’ Trailer Reveals Hulu’s Period-Piece Satire Starring Elle Fanning

     March 23, 2020

Hulu has released the first trailer for The Great, a satirical period piece from the Oscar-nominated co-writer of The Favourite, Tony McNamara. The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great, the outsider who maneuvered her way to becoming Russia’s longest-reigning leader.

This looks…a whole lot like The Favourite, down to the dances, rabbits hunts, and the inclusion of Nicolas Hoult. I know it’s probably not the same house, but it also looks like they went and just used the same house. This is a good thing, by the way. The Favourite was one of the best movies of 2018, and if McNamara wants to give us a few more episodes of that specific brand of lavish madness, I’m here for it, although it’ll be interesting to see how that tone is contained without director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Check out the trailer below. The Great debuts May 15 only on Hulu. For more on the streaming service, here are the best original Hulu series available right now.

Here is the official synopsis for The Great:

The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalized, fun and anachronistic story of an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside. A very modern story about the past which encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as lover, teacher, ruler, friend, and fighter. Incorporating historical facts occasionally, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.