France’s very own King Louis XIV is coming to grace the small screen as actor George Blagden will be portraying the famed king in the historical television series “Versailles”. Read on to learn more about this casting update.
Stories of kings and queens and things have always been a thing of the past, something that one studies in history class. However, taking a closer look at past kings and queens and the politics back then is also a study of what transpires today. One of the greatest kings in France’s history is the “Sun King”, King Louis XIV, who had the impressive palace of Versailles built.
According to Variety, the life of King Louis XIV will be showcased in a new historical show, following his relationships and rise into power. The series will start off during the year 1667, when Louis XIV was just twenty-eight years old.
Louis then was a young man, who was reeling from the death of his mother. He had to stand firm and tall in order to rule his nation. “Versailles” also sheds light on Louis’s relationships with his lover, Henrietta of England and an openly gay warrior brother. The first series will consist of ten episodes and will be one hour long per episode.
The Sun King will be portrayed by George Blagden, a British actor for both the stage and film. He is best known for his work as Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of the hit musical “Les Miserables”, and for the role of Athelstan in the television series “Vikings” (2013 to 2014). He also sings, as can be seen in his role as Grantaire, as he had to sing in some of the songs of the film.
According to the actor’s Tumblr page, he will be joined on screen by Dominique Blanc, who will portray Anne of Austria; Amira Casar, who will portray Beatrice, a courtesan; and Alexander Vlahos who will portray the king’s younger brother.
“Versailles” was created by Simon Mirren and writer David Wolstencroft, who are also the show’s showrunners and executive producers. They will be joined by other executive producers Claude Cheli and Anne Thomopoulos. It is also produced by Capa Drama, Zodiak, Canal Plus and Incendo.
And that’s the latest update on the casting of Louis XIII for the upcoming series “Versailles”. For more news and updates on “Versailles” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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