TNT's young William Shakespeare drama has a premiere date!
Described as an "unconventional" period drama, Will tells the story of the wild days of a youthful legendary playwright, played by newcomer Laurie Davidson. In celebration of Shakespeare's birthday on Sunday, ET can exclusively reveal that the 10-episode series will debut Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
From executive producer Craig Pearce
(who co-wrote Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!
and The Great Gatsby
with director Baz Luhrmann
kicks off with a young William Shakespeare having just arrived onto the seductive and violent punk-rock theater scene in 16th-century London. His raw talent comes amid rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows, catching the eye of the beautiful and rebellious Alice Burbage (Olivia DeJonge
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Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, Jamie Campbell Bower and Ewen Bremner also star in the series, which tells the tale of Shakespeare's early life with a contemporary twist and a soundtrack filled with modern music.
TNT also released a brand new teaser trailer to whet everyone's appetite until the summer, and it has everything you're looking for: sex, power and pure drama. See for yourself:
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"Back then, [theater] was like rock 'n' roll or punk rock -- this completely revolutionary [form of] entertainment," Pearce said in January at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “It wasn’t something for the intellectuals, it wasn’t something up on a pedestal, it was something for the masses.”
“He’s the most famous person in the world that people don’t really know anything about, except for a few facts and then beyond that there’s a lot of speculation,” he added.
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