Starz White Queen, the Real Game of Thrones

Max Iron's as King Edward IV

Max Iron’s as King Edward IV

Jeremy Irons’ son Max Irons is King Edward IV in Starz adaptation of Philippa Gregory novels, premiering August 10th at 9pm

By Gabrielle Pantera

Beverly Hills, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/8/10 – “I had done several chemistry tests with potential Elizabeths,” says White Queen star Max Irons. “It’s always an extraordinary process. You see how many different interpretations there are. But when Rebecca walked in and gave her reading it knocked us all for six. That’s a cricket reference, by the way. She had the ability to manipulate without appearing to be manipulating. She had all the skills that Elizabeth had to have to survive the court.”

There is love, war, lust, misunderstanding machinations and sorcery in Starz new 10-week miniseries. The “cousins war”, pitting Lancasters against York tore the country apart. Many switched sides to try to stay alive. Great for Game of Thrones fans looking for more royal intrigue, war and intrigue. For those who love historicals and are ok that the violence is graphic and there’s sexuality.

Starz White Queen is set in 1464. King Edward IV has been crowned King of England with Lord Warwick’s help. Warwick is known as the Kingmaker. When Edward takes his a wife of his own choosing Warwick is determined to regain control.

When Yorkist King Edward IV, meets and falls for Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville they marry in secret. She’s now the new Queen of England. Margaret Beaufort feels her son Henry should be king of England and Warwick will use his daughter Anne Neville as a pawn to get what he wants.

“The series is actually a culmination of three of Phillippa’s novels,” says screenwriter Emma Frost. “It’s The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. I read The White Queen first, as that was the order they were published in.”

It was the most amazing story about a commoner who marries a king,” says Frost. “It felt so modern and essential and dramatic and actually a no-brainer. Then she delivered the next two books and it become clear it was going to be incredibly difficult. Each of these three books we used cuts through pretty much the same chunk of history, but from a different woman’s point of view.”

White Queen ten-part series premiers August 10th at 8pm.

Even if you don’t have Starz on cable, you can watch the first episode online, but you have to be over 18 to view it.

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