Elle Fanning is Catherine The Great, Empress of Russia, in the comedy-satire series “The Great”.
The first look at the 10-episode Hulu series sees Fanning’s Catherine suffering through the “stupidity” of her royal husband, Emperor Peter (Hoult). While dealing with his less-than-bright ideas and dumb demeanour, Catherine begins to think about overthrowing him and becoming the leader of Russia herself.
“I am a prisoner here, married to an idiot,” she complains to a female confidante, while Peter explores “science” by throwing a dog in a parachute off a balcony.
Based on “historical facts — sort of” as the trailer claims, the series is written by “The Favourite” screenwriter Tony McNamara.
The historical comedy drops on Hulu in the U.S. on May 15. A Canadian release date and platform has not yet been announced.