Fresh off the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones and with a couple years to go before the new season comes around, Sky Atlantic and Amazon Studios have devised the perfect antidote for fans' GOT withdrawals with their first co-production.
Last week, the companies presented the first trailer and new images of their highly-anticipated period drama Britannia, set in ancient England in 43AD at the time of the Roman invasion.
With a healthy dose of mysticism, the drama will center around Celtic mythology, telling the story of three tribes -the Druids, the Celts and the Romans- who are battling for control of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.
The show nabbed a solid writer in Jez Butterworth, whose recent works include Edge of Tomorrow, Black Mass and a hand in the script for the latest James Bond film, Spectre.
"Besides being hard, hard warriors, the Celts have a belief system which makes them almost invincible. It's a deep, heavy magic," Butterworth said in an interview with Variety.
"Last time the Romans tried to invade, the mighty Julius Caesar took one look, turned round and went straight home. Now, almost a century later, the Romans are back. I’m fascinated in what happens when gods die. When an entire, ancient faith stalls, topples, collapses, and a whole new one grows in its place."
Shot on location in Prague and Wales, the flagship series has assembled a solid cast to tell its story. It stars David Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who and Blackpool) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective, Sherlock Holmes, Flight) in the lead roles.
The cast also features, Zoë Wanamaker (My Family), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing) and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (The Enfield Haunting), and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) as the Druid chieftain Veran.
The show's creators and key cast are due to be in Cannes for Mipcom 2017, where the series will have its World Premiere TV Screening on Monday, October 16 October at the Palais des Festivals.
Britannia follows the reluctant rise to power of Kerra (Reilly) the daughter of the King of the Cantii, and her arch-rival Queen Antedia (Wanamaker), who are forced to put their differences aside when the Romans invade Britannia. Meanwhile, rogue Druid Divis (Kaas), the only one who foresaw the Roman invasion, finds an unlikely ally in 12-year-old Canti girl Cait (Worthington-Cox) in his quest to defeat Rome.
The Romans are led by General Aulus Plautius (Morrissey), who is determined to succeed where Julius Caesar failed and conquer this mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire.
The show will be available in the UK and Ireland on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW TV early next year. It joins 12 original drama series already on air or set to air over the next couple of years on Sky’s premium drama channel Sky Atlantic and general entertainment channel Sky 1, including The Young Pope, Guerrilla, Tin Star, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer.
Available on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., Britannia adds to a growing roster of Amazon Studios' original drama series, including The Man in the High Castle, Bosch and Hand of God, as well as upcoming series Goliath, Good Girls Revolt, Sneaky Pete and Patriot.