Where Was The Serpent Queen Filmed? Starz Period Drama To Premiere With A Stellar Cast


The Serpent Queen depicts the story of Catherine de Medici from her point of view ( Source : Instagram )

An anticipated American period drama television program, The Serpent Queen, will center on Catherine de' Medici's life.

The historical drama will include eight episodes. The pilot episode and a few more are directed by Jewish American director Stacie Passon, who wrote and directed the 2018 mystery We Have Always Lived in the Castle and recently helmed four episodes of Dickinson in 2019.

Everything we know about the upcoming series, including the famous cast and the historical events that served as inspiration, is summarized here.

Where Was The Serpent Queen Filmed?

Filming for "The Serpent Queen" took place in France and Italy in Amboise, Marseille, Chambord, Villandry, Chenonceaux, and Castel Gandolfo. According to reports, the historical series' first season's principal filming started in April 2021 and ended in September of the same year.

Showrunner Erwin Stoff explained that although Season 1 was shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, it benefited the studio in a September 2022 interview with Cinemablend.

The 'The Serpent Queen' production crew even stopped at Castel Gandolfo, an Italian village in the Lazio region, for the lens. They frequently filmed Italian scenes on the grounds of the Papal Palace Castel Gandolfo at Piazza della Libertà. Liv Hill (Catherine) discussed her experience filming in the exact places where her character had lived during most of the shoots. 

The Serpent Queen was mainly filmed in Italy and France
The Serpent Queen was mainly filmed in Italy and France ( Source : radiotimes )

To film several scenes for the series, the "The Serpent Queen" crew reportedly camped out in Marseille, France's second-largest city. Marseille, a city in France that is bordered by the Gulf of Lion and the Rhône River, is distinguished from the rest of the country by its distinctive culture. Numerous historical and maritime museums can be found there, and it is also regarded as a regional hub for culture and leisure.

More About The Other Places In France 

Amboise, a city in central France, serves as the setting for several significant passages in "The Serpent Queen." It is well-known for housing the fabled Leonardo da Vinci at the Clos Lucé estate, which is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department. In addition, a famous 20th-century fountain designed by Max Ernst sits just in front of the marketplace and draws many visitors.

The cast and crew of "The Serpent Queen" use actual historical castles in various sites throughout France to represent the enormous fortresses typical in the 16th century.

A number of significant scenes were filmed on location in and around the communes of Chenonceaux and Chambord, home of the Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord, respectively. The Serpent Queen series also uses the Château de Villandry, located at 3 Rue Principale in Villandry, as an important production location.

True Story Behind The Serpent Queen 

A distinct form of revisionist history can be found in The Serpent Queen. The legendary life and rule of Catherine de' Medici are imagined in the television series which will bring history to life and is based on Frieda's nonfiction biography of the ruler. It is also evident that the show will stray from the norm to pursue unique aesthetic perspectives.

According to Wikipedia, Catherine wed Henry, the second child of the French king Francis I and Queen Claude, in 1533 when she was fourteen. Catherine's uncle, Pope Clement VII, orchestrated their union.

Instead of allowing Catherine to participate in government issues, Henry favored his main mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who had considerable power over him.

As the mother of the weak 15-year-old King Francis II, Catherine was thrown into the political spotlight after Henry's demise in 1559. She was given extensive powers after Francis II's demise in 1560 and assumed regency on behalf of her 10-year-old son, King Charles IX. 

Catherine was crucial to the reign of Henry III, her third son, after Charles passed away in 1574. Only in her latter months he stopped listening to her advice, and he lived seven months longer than she did.

Rise To Power

In a time of nearly continual political and religious conflict in France, Catherine's three sons ruled. The monarchy faced complicated issues. However, Catherine kept the governmental institutions, including the monarchy, at least minimally put together.

Catherine initially made concessions and compromises with the insurgent Calvinist Protestants or Huguenots as they later came to be known. She did not, however, completely comprehend the theological concerns that motivated their movement. Later, out of frustration and rage, she turned to strict regulations against them.

The Serpent Queen is based on the book “Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France” by Leonie Fried
The Serpent Queen is based on the book “Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France” by Leonie Fried ( Source : instagram )

In exchange, she was held accountable for the persecutions under her sons' leadership, especially the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572, which resulted in the demises of many Huguenots in Paris and throughout the rest of France.

As some historians have absolved Catherine of responsibility for the harshest royal judgments, her letters provide further proof of her harshness. In reality, the legacy of the civil wars had always placed restrictions on her authority. Without Catherine, it is unlikely that her sons would have remained in power.

Meet The Cast Of The Serpent Queen 

Samanta Morton As Catherine De'Medici

Samantha Mortan portraying as Catherine de Medici
Samantha Mortan portraying as Catherine de Medici ( Source : instagram )

Samantha Morton, an English actress who has won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, plays the notorious Catherine de'Medici. By the early 2000s, Morton had become a significant player on the indie film scene.

She played in Morvern Callar (2002), for which she won the BIFA Award for Best Actress, and in In America (2003), for which she was nominated for a second Academy Award, this time for Best Actress.

In her hometown of Nottingham, Morton was a member of the Central Junior Television Workshop, where she started her career in British television in 1991.

In 1994, she appeared as a guest star in two episodes of Cracker, four episodes of Soldier Soldier, and one episode of Peak Practice. She played a more significant role in the ITV series Band of Gold, appearing in twelve episodes (1995–1996).

Liv Hill as Young Catherine 

Having two performers play the exact part is quite tricky. However, to portray Catherine's narrative, you must primarily highlight how young she was when she was uprooted from her life, dumped in this court, and forced to complete her marriage in front of a large audience of strangers.

You must comprehend how little she was when she was first thrown into this task to understand what she did to live. According to reports, Liv was the one who stood out as the best after attending an audition. 

She is well-known for her parts in the 2017 BBC drama Three Girls and the British movie Jellyfish, where she plays Sarah.

Amrita Acharia As Aabis 

Amrita Acharia portraying as Aabis
Amrita Acharia portraying as Aabis ( Source : instagram )

Actress Amrita Acharia, a Norwegian, English, and Ukrainian, is Aabis. Aabis was chosen to travel to France with Catherine de Medici when she married Henri and was part of her company.

Aabis had a beauty that frequently aroused the desire of powerful men, making her everything Catherine was not. She initially felt glad that Catherine had saved her from the predatory Pope Clement, but once she was in the French court, Aabis made Catherine envious.

In 2010 Acharia began his acting career with small parts in television shows and short films. She was cast in the 2011 Game of Thrones season as Irri, the Dothraki servant of Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen.

Lee Ingleby As Prince Henry 

Lee Ingleby portraying as Prince Henry
Lee Ingleby portraying as Prince Henry ( Source : instagram )

Lee Ingleby plays Prince Henry. Henri appeared to be the prince that every girl fantasized about. The fact that Henri's father had used him and his brother, the Dauphin Francois, as political pawns and taken them hostage in Spain, disturbed Henri from an early age.

In the BBC show Inspector George Gently, Lee is remembered for his roles as Detective Sergeant/Detective Inspector John Bacchus. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he also played Stan Shunpike. In the BBC drama The A Word, he played Paul Hughes, the father of Joe, an autistic youngster.

Enzo Cilenti as Ruggieri

Cosimo Ruggeri, an Italian astrologer and occultist who advises Catherine de'Medici, is portrayed by English actor Enzo Cilenti. In the television series Trial & Retribution, Cilenti played Antonio Bellini in his first appearance in 1998.

He played Lenny, a supporting character, in the 2001 comedy Late Night Shopping, and Carlo Franceschini, a minor character, in the BBC spy drama MI-5.

Cilenti has also appeared in several movies and television episodes, including The Theory of Everything, Supercollider, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Prisoners' Wives.

Charles Dance as Pope Clement

Charles Dance portraying as Pope Clement
Charles Dance portraying as Pope Clement ( Source : instagram )

Two-time SAGA champion Pope Clement VII, played by English actor Charles Dance, is Catherine's uncle and the person who arranges her wedding.

He was chosen to be the head of the Catholic Church not out of any theological conviction but rather because the Medicis understood that to rule effectively, they would need to install a member of their own family in that position.

He arranged Catherine's marriage to the French prince in his capacity as her guardian. He paid little attention to his deceptive promises, such as the promise of a sizable dowry, leaving Catherine to bear the repercussions of his actions.

Since making his screen debut in 1974, Dance has amassed an outstanding career. He played Guy Perron in the drama The Jewel in the Crown in 1984, which was one of his earliest major roles. As Dr. Jonathan Clemens, he had a significant part in the 1992 film Alien 3.

George Jaques As Francis II & Kiruna Stamell as Mathilde

Francis II, the firstborn of Catherine de'Medici and ruler from 1559 until 1560, is George Jaques. Jaques recently appeared as a German soldier in the 2022 Agatha Christie thriller movie. Surprised by Oxford, his following film is currently in post-production, and he is also filming the television show A Town Called Malice.

Mathilde, a diminutive character played by actress Kiruna Stamell, was enlisted as a servant at the monastery where Catherine de Medici was raised. Mathilde owed Catherine her freedom because she went with her when she wed into the French court.

Mathilde was ideal for Catherine since she was naturally morally immoral. Kiruna is known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Best Offer (2013), and EastEnders (1985).

Colm Meaney as King Francis

Colm Meaney portraying as King Francis
Colm Meaney portraying as King Francis ( Source : insider )

Colm Meaney portrays King Francis, who was virulent, aggressive, and in easy control of power because of his inflated ego, ravenous appetite, and previous military prowess.

The actoe played Thomas Durant in Hell on Wheels and has appeared as a guest star on other TV shows, such as Law & Order and The Simpsons (2011–2016).


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