Julianne Moore to star in new Sky Atlantic drama Mary & George

The 8-part drama, created by DC Moore is based on the extraordinary true story of Mary Villiers.


Described as a deliciously dangerous drama, the series which will air in the UK on Sky and elsewhere on AMC, follows Mary Villiers, played by Julianne Moore, who moulded her beautiful son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover.


Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled, and most influential mother and son England had ever seen.


Speaking about Mary & George, Julianne Moore said "Mary Villiers was a woman who through her own actions rose to become a powerful and influential figure in Jacobean London. It’s a daunting but exhilarating challenge to bring her to life on screen."


Written by acclaimed playwright DC Moore, Mary & George is inspired by the non-fiction book The King’s Assassin by Benjamin Woolley and the drama's Lead Director will be Oliver Hermanus.


Speaking about the new project, writer & Executive Producer DC Moore, said "Since I first read about Mary Villiers’ life – and all she achieved with her son, George – I’ve been obsessed with bringing this story to the screen. Between King James’ often-overlooked love and lust for men, Mary’s extraordinary rise as a woman in a man’s world, and George’s (many, many) sexual and political conquests, this is a profoundly rich, and, as yet entirely untold on screen, story, about a pair of ‘commoners’ who conquered all before them."


The series will be executive produced by Sam Hoyle for Sky Studio and Lisa Marshall for Hera Picture (alongside DC Moore and Oliver Hermanus) who added "The incredible Julianne Moore is our dream casting for Mary – a woman who was damned by her contemporaries but was always the smartest person in the room. Indomitable women like Mary have too often been written out of history but with DC Moore’s brilliant scripts and Oliver Hermanus at the helm, we will reclaim her story to make a truly unique, unmissable show."


Mary & George will air later on in 2023 on Sky Atlantic