Kate McKinnon Wants Your Head in First Look at New Audible Series (Exclusive)
By Stacy Lambe
Kate McKinnon wants your head -- if she could only figure out how to land the phrasing of "off with your head" in an exclusive first look at the new Audible scripted series, Heads Will Roll, created by and starring McKinnon and her sister, Emily Lynne.
The 10-episode fantasy-comedy series tells the story of Queen Mortunana of the Night Realm (McKinnon) and her ditzy raven minion, JoJo (Lynne), who receive an unsettling prophecy about a peasant uprising. In order to quell the rebellion, the two must go on a journey to find the "Shard of Acquiescence."
While McKinnon, who is always reliable for laughs on Saturday Night Live, is enough reason to listen, Heads Will Roll boasts a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Peter Dinklage, Audra McDonald, Bob the Drag Queen, Queer Eye’s Fab Five and Tim Gunn. A number of McKinnon’s SNL co-stars -- Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner and Chris Redd -- also lend their voice talents.
"I always wanted to do something about a Maleficent-style evil queen, who’s having a little bit of a crisis of conscience or wondering if she really wants to be in charge or not," McKinnon told Variety about the inspiration for the series. "We both grew up obsessed with Disney, and obsessed with fairy tales, and obsessed with Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. We love fairy tales, and we love fantasy. We just thought if we could combine that with the foibles of modern existence, then we could make something fun."
In the teaser and photos for Heads Will Roll, McKinnon can be seen channeling the famed villain as she and Lynne work through the phrase made famous by the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. (A 15-second version will air during Saturday Night Live when Adam Sandler hosts on May 4. The full version -- seen below -- will air the following week, on May 11 when Emma Thompson takes over hosting duties.
Heads Will Roll debuts Thursday, May 2 on Audible.