Teaser trailer for Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs' reveals October 12 premiere date for series
After the success of 'Mad Men' and 'The Sopranos,' Matthew Weiner's next will see him tackle conspiracies around a Russian royal family.
The teaser trailer for 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's next project, 'The Romanoffs,' is out and it could not possibly be vaguer. In fact, it doesn't give audiences a first look at the show at all but is just a 1:12 minute running video of the names involved in the series come its premiere.
The teaser comprises of some heavily dramatized music and a background of words in Cyrillic, with the names of the actors highlighted as they streak past. According to the video, those involved in the anthology web series are the likes of Aaron Eckhart, Adèle Anderson, Amanda Peet, Andrew Rannells, Annet Mahendru, Ben Miles, Christina Hendricks, Clea Duvall, Corey Stoll, Diane Lane, Emily Rudd, Griffin Dunne, Hera Hilmar, Hugh Skinner, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Janet Montgomery, Jay R. Ferguson, JJ Feild, John Slattery among others.
According to an official description, "The Romanoffs is a contemporary series set around the globe, centering on separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family."
The Russian royal family in question is the House of Romanov, which inspired the anthology's title, and whose members were executed by the Bolsheviks — a faction of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party — in 1918 during the Russian Civil War.
While the skeletal remains of the Imperial family have since been recovered and identified through DNA testing, two members of the family — Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna or Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia — remained unaccounted for, resulting in a number of people falsely claiming they were members of the Romanov family.
The conspiracy theories surrounding the family have spawned series such as 'Peter the Great' and even an animated movie in the form of Fox's 'Anastasia,' with Weiner's 'The Romanoffs' the latest to breach the topic.
Amazon won a bidding war between six different entities to land the anthology and committed it to a straight-to-series order with a whopping $70 million budget for an eight-episode first season. The series will be written, directed, and produced by Weiner, whose work in both 'Mad Men' and 'The Sopranos' has earned him multiple Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes.
The Amazon Prime original series was meant to be produced with the Weinstein Company, but Amazon cut off all ties with the production company after allegations of sexual abuse emerged against Harvey Weinstein in October 2017. The production went forward with Weiner's Weiner Bros.
The series is scheduled to premiere on October 12, 2018, and collaborators include executive producer/writer Semi Chellas, co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner, Blake McCormick, and Kathy Ciric, along with consulting producers/writers Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton.
Check out the teaser trailer for 'The Romanoffs':