Do you remember this picture you might have seen yesterday or the day before ?
You might have hope for something, like a new movie, or at least a short television serie. Well it’s even better.
IT’S GONNA BE A FULL SHOW delivered by Canal + and named Versailles. There’s gonna be 10 episodes for the first season which is gonna be released in 2015. A “first” season, mean there’s gonna be others ! :D
Filming started this August on the 18th at Versailles and is directed by Jalil Lespert (who directed Yves-Saint-Laurent 2014) for 6 months.
We know some names, without knowing the parts such as :Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster (The Tudors), Sarah Winter (Reign), Anatole Taubman Pillars of Earth), Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story), Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson, Gilly Gilchrist.
BUT MOST OF ALL WE KNOW WHO IS GONNA PLAY LOUIS XIV AND MONSIEUR (yes Monsieur my dear followers YES !) - and Anne of Austria (and a courtesan named Beatrice).
The plot will be set in 1667, I guess that Anna of Austria will be there for flashbacks (since she’s supposed to be dead a year before and I hope they didn’t let this huge anachronism).
I’ve translate the show’s synopsis from Canal + site (sorry for mistakes) :
"Louis XIV is 28 years old. He starts building Versailles, to tame the aristocracy and impose his absolute power. Just like you lay a trap.
Louis XIV is a young king haunted by a childhood trauma, the Fronde, a Noble’s revolt against his father Louis XIII (that’s the text, I don’t agree with it because Louis XIII was dead since 5 years and so it was against Mazarin. Anyway…) Extraordinary Political strategist, manipulative, Machiavellian, he is going to “invent” Versailles to divert Nobles, keep them under control, and slowly, transform Versailles into a golden cage. He is also capable of romantic passion. But how can he live them as he is the greatest King in the world.
The first season sees the young king turn into the Sun King, King of Kings. Historical and fictional character, from the most known courtier to the humblest villager, guide us in a world of treason and intimate secrets, political plot and declaration of war, revealing Versailles in all its glory and roughness.”
1667 is a very good choice, because Louis XIV really started to rule as he wanted to since his mother death so I can only agree on this.
SOooo let’s go back on acting !! Did you recognise the actor on the first picture ? who IS Louis XIV.
He will be played by George Blagden better known as :
YUP ! Athelstan from the show Vikings.
Now for my favourite part, favourite because Monsieur is maybe gonna be an important character (I guess (I hope) he’s the second name given and the story is gonna focus around Louis’ younger life).
Monsieur will be played by Alexander Vlahos better known as :
Mordred from Merlin (I’m glad with him, because it could have been reaaaally awful, and Mordred was not bad as acting, now I’m just afraid that they’re gonna make monsieur only as the huge gay guy, childish, stupid and silly and that’s it, fingers crossed they won’t). Anyway there he is in the hall of mirror :
Anna of Austria will be played by Dominique Blanc who played Madame de Maintenon in The King’s Way a few years ago :
There she is with Jalil Lespert :
And Amira Casar who will played a courtier named Beatrice.
How can I say ? That I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED !? Even if I fear this can be something wrong they finally gonna do what I always dreamed for : A SHOW ON LOUIS (AND MONSIEUR WHICH IS EVEN BETTER).
You got me at George Blagden.
And since it’s Canal + , we may get some good French pronunciation /o/ (I too often need subtitles to understand when characters speak French in English-speaking TV shows)