EXCLUSIVE: Find Out When TNT's Sexy Young Shakespeare Drama Will Debut -- Plus, Watch a New Trailer!
By Philiana Ng
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), Will 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).
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:
"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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