In 2008, the play Velikaya, which tells the story of Russian Empress Catherine the Great, was staged at the Sydney Theater. Its author said that at the same time as writing the text he was working on a script for television. According to the author’s idea, the project should consist of six seasons. In 2018, it became known that Matt Schuckman would develop it, and in 2019 Hulu launched the production process. The first season was released in 2020, a year later viewers were presented with a sequel. In January 2022, representatives of the service told about the extension of the show, and the release date of season 3 of the series The Great is expected in the fall of 2022. It is known that the season will have 8 episodes, the plot is not disclosed.
— The Great (@TheGreatHulu) January 11, 2022
What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?
The Great is a story about Catherine the Great and her struggle for the throne of the Russian Empire. The authors of the project and the service themselves emphasize that their series is not historical and certainly does not claim to be a documentary, you can not call it an alternative version. The most appropriate name for the show – anti-historical project, as the series is a comedy and some of the events contradict any logic. So in the aristocratic environment of the Russian Empire, you can see a lot of dark-skinned people, which in reality never happened. The main roles in the project were played by Nicholas Holt and Elle Fanning. Both actors have confirmed participation in the third season, its release date is expected in 2022.
The first season of the project is about Catherine’s arrival in Russia. As a princess of the German throne, the girl became the wife of Peter III. The first season tells about the early years of the tsarina’s life in Russia and is dedicated to her relationship with her husband. Even then Catherine realized that her husband, who had barely become tsar, was spoiling relations with the nobility, and this was fraught with a coup and disastrous consequences both for Peter and for Catherine herself. For unknown reasons, Peter III dies and Catherine The Great takes his place, taking advantage of the precedent set by Catherine I. The reign of a woman on the throne will continue to be told in new episodes. The release date of season 3 of the series The Great is expected in 2022.
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The second season tells about political life in the state after the accession of Catherine, as well as the confrontation of the tsarina impostor Emelyan Pugachev, who proclaimed himself Peter III. There are no details about what will be shown in the new episodes, but in the finale of the second season, Catherine found herself pregnant and it is likely that the new episodes will tell about her life as a parent. The release date is the fall of 2022.
|Release date:||February 4, 2022|
|Original name:||The Great|
|Cast:||Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan, Douglas Hodge|