Elle Fanning Becomes the Mother of Russia in The Great Season 2 Trailer

Hulu has dropped the full The Great Season 2 trailer for the upcoming return of Hulu’s acclaimed period comedy series, teasing the ongoing feud between Catherine and Peter. The video, which you can check out in the player below, highlights the aftermath of Catherine’s coup d’etat against Peter for the Russian throne as she tries to prove to the citizens of the country that she’s a worthy leader. The series is scheduled to make its return on November 19.

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The Great is a satirical, comedic drama centered around the rise of Catherine the Great through 18th Century Russia from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. It is led by Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, who earned Emmy nominations for their leading performances in the first season.

“In Season 2, Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own – but if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be,” reads the official synopsis. “She’ll battle her court, her team, even her own mother in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia. Meanwhile, she’ll also battle her heart as Peter slowly transitions from a much-hated husband to a prisoner? Ally? Lover? Ultimately, Catherine will learn that to change a country, you must let it change you, that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming “Great” will ask more of her than she could have imagined.”

The series also stars Phoebe Fox as Marial, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee as Grigor, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, and Sacha Dhawan. The second season will also feature Emmy-winning actress Gillian Anderson for a guest-starring role.

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The Great is written and executive produced by Tony McNamara (The Favourite) with Matt Shakman (Game Of Thrones) serving as the director. Fanning and Marian Macgowan are also serving as executive producers.


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