Starz has completed casting and begun production on The White Princess, the follow-up to The White Queen miniseries, from Company Pictures and Playground. The eight-episode original limited series is shooting on location in Bristol and around the UK.
Joining Jodie Comer as Princess Elizabeth, are newcomer Jacob Collins-Levy (Glitch, Holding the Man) as Henry VII, the paranoid and unlikely king forced to marry an enemy to secure his throne; Essie Davis (Babadook, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Princess Elizabeth’s mother Dowager Queen Elizabeth “The White Queen,” indomitable strategist and unwavering supporter of the York cause; Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall, The Borgias) joins as the widowed Duchess of Burgundy, Elizabeth of York’s aunt, and sister to dead kings Richard III and Edward IV of England – a sensual, intelligent York woman who presides over her cultured court across the English Channel.
Previously announced Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Rebellion) will play Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII’s mother who was a philanthropist, benefactor for the Church, and the calculating mastermind behind Henry’s ascent to the Throne of England. Margaret understands that winning the throne and keeping it safe for the Tudor line are two different things, and works to fortify King Henry’s rule, as York rivals continue to plot against them.
Suki Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Insurgent) has been cast as Cecily of York, the self-interested and jealous younger sister to Princess Elizabeth, while the role of their cousin Margaret Plantagenet – reluctant member of the York clan because of the precarious political position it puts her and her brother in at the Tudor court – is played by Rebecca Benson (Game of Thrones, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth).
Other cast includes: Rhys Connah as Teddy, Caroline Goodall as Duchess Cecily, Kenneth Cranham as Bishop Morton and Vincent Regan as Jasper Tudor.
Adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel and part of The Cousins’ War book series, The White Princess sees England ostensibly united by the marriage of Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII, but their personal and political rift runs deep and the war that rages between them threatens to tear the kingdom apart once again.
Producer Jamie Payne, who directed three episodes of The White Queen, will direct episodes 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 of The White Princess. Payne most recently directed an episode of Queen of the South for Fox, Quantico for ABC Studios and directed and produced two episodes of Legends.
Emma Frost is showrunner and executive producer. Lachlan MacKinnon is serving as producer, with Gregory serving as EP on this adaptation of her novel. Playground’s Colin Callender and Scott Huff also will serve as executive producers with Company Pictures’ Michele Buck.