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CANAL+ Original Programming, Zodiak, Capa Drama, and Incendo begin filming VERSAILLES.


08/26/2014

International cast includes George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Dominique Blanc, and Amira Casar.
Jalil Lespert directs the first episodes of the 10x52' series


CANAL+, Capa Drama, Zodiak and Incendo today announced the filming debut of VERSAILLES, the 10x52' drama series developed for CANAL+ Original Programming. The six months shooting schedule started on August 18th and is set in Versailles and the Paris region.

VERSAILLES' international cast includes; George Blagden (Vikings) staring as Louis XIV; Alexander Vlahos (Merlin, Privates) as Monsieur; French actresses Dominique Blanc (Une vie de Chat, Queen Margot) as Anne of Austria and Amira Casar (Saint-Laurent, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes) as Beatrice, a courtesan.

The cast also includes actors Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster, Sarah Winter, Anatole Taubman, Lizzie Brocheré, Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson, and Gilly Gilchrist. Jalil Lespert (Yves Saint-Laurent, Headwinds) is the director of the first two episodes of the series. The production design is handled by Katia Wyszkop (production designer François Ozon's Potiche –Trophy Wife, Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen and Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh).

Costumes are designed by Madeleine Fontaine (Amelie and A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; and Jalil Lespert's YSL). Pierre-Yves Bastard (Maison Close) is in charge of cinematography.

This ambitious period drama is created by Simon Mirren (Without a Trace, Criminal Minds) and David Wolstencroft (MI-5, The Escape Artist). Showrunners Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft signed the bible as well as the first 5 episodes of VERSAILLES and are executive producing the series alongside Claude Chelli (Braquo, L'Ecole du Pouvoir) and Anne Thomopoulos (executive producer Rome, The Borgias and Camelot).

VERSAILLES is a CANAL+, Capa Drama, Zodiak and Incendo co-production. Zodiak Rights holds the worldwide distribution rights of the series, excluding Canada, where sales are handled by Incendo Media.
VERSAILLES takes us on a dramatic journey into a unique time and place in history where the cults of celebrity and style were born, created by an absolute monarch with a compulsion to control the world.

Versailles, 1667.

Louis XIV is 28 years old. To tame the nobility and win absolute power, he launches the construction of Versailles. A trap is set. At 28 years old, Louis is the sole commander of his kingdom following his mother's death. But Louis is burdened by insecurity brought on by ambitious government ministers and memories of his childhood trauma, a bitter coup attempt known as 'the Fronde'.

To win absolute power, he creates a trap at Versailles. Using the palace and its entertainments as bait, Louis ensnares and disempowers the nobles who threaten him. Amongst his targets is his younger brother, Monsieur: an openly gay warrior for whom Louis' hatred is matched only by his love. The first season sees Louis evolve from a young King into an absolute Monarch, a 17th century rockstar with the mind of Machiavelli. A calculating predator, Louis is determined to drag France out of the dark ages, and transform her into the supreme global power. Revealing a world of betrayal, lust and political schemes, VERSAILLES takes the viewer behind the scenes of courtly pomp and ceremony. In this intriguing arena, the humble and wealthy find themselves sharing the same ambition: win the King's favour. And they would do anything for this brief moment in the Sun…