First look at Catherine de Medici adaptation, The Serpent Queen, starring Samantha Morton

On 14 July, Entertainment Weekly exclusively shared the first look at The Serpent Queen starring Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Harlots, The Walking Dead) as one of history's most powerful and poisonous women, Catherine de Medici.

This new historical drama is adapted from Leonie Frieda's remarkable biography, CATHERINE DE MEDICI: Renaissance Queen of France, originally published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2004, and praised by many. Amanda Foreman in The Observer stated: 'This intelligent and well-researched biography of her is a worthy testament to Catherine's formidable strength. CATHERINE DE MEDICI reveals Frieda, a first-time biographer, to be a writer of tremendous talent and skill.'

EW summaries this new drama:

'In The Serpent Queen, Catherine tells her story through flashbacks, defending her actions and imparting lessons she's learned to her new servant, Rahima (Sennia Nanua). When her uncle Pope Clement (Charles Dance) brokers her marriage and a geopolitical alliance with France, but she learns on her wedding night that her husband is in love with Diane de Poitiers (Ludivine Sagnier), a stunningly beautiful lady-in-waiting who is twice the king-to-be's age. Catherine is thrust into a world where she must learn quickly who she can trust and seek to outmaneuver anyone who underestimates her.'

Morton stars alongside Charles Dance as Pope Clement, Liv Hill as the younger version of Catherine, Antonia Clarke as Mary Queen of Scots, and Ludivine Sagnier as Diane de Poitiers.

Follow this link for the full EW article, and a look at the first sumptuous images from this new series, set to air on Starz this Autumn.