The Great a new Pilot at Hulu has added Sacha Dhawan (Marvel’s Iron Fist) and Charity Wakefield (Bounty Hunters).
The Great stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and charts the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Fanning) and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.
The show is currently in production in Yorkshire, UK with Fanning also an executive producer on the project.
Catherine II, born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was the daughter of a Prussian general, who was introduced to the prospective tsar Peter of Holstein-Gottorp when she was only 10 as part of European Royal families’ use of marriages as a tool for strengthening (and weakening) political ties between countries. Though she admitted to finding him detestable at first, the two eventually married after she had turned 16.
Their union was tumultuous, with both rumored to have extramarital affairs, and Peter’s temper becoming unbearable. Only six months into him ascending to the Russian throne, Catherine organized his opponents to overthrow him to start her successful 34-year rule. He was assassinated.