‘The White Princess’ Full Cast Includes Essie Davis, Joanne Whalley and More

Jody Comer, Jacob Collins-Levy and "White Princess" Producer Emma Frost Photo: Starz)

Production has officially begun on The White Princess, the Starz Network sequel to popular Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated miniseries The White Queen. After nearly three years of rumors, waffling and vague executive statements the highly anticipated sequel series has finally set its full cast, and filming is under way. Yes, really. It’s actually happening.  

The eight-episode drama will adapt author Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling novel of the same name, which is part of her Cousins’ War series depicting England’s Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the women involved.

Michelle Fairley and Jodie Comer who will be starring in "The White Princess". Photo: Starz

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Michelle Fairley Joins Starz’s ‘White Queen’ Sequel

There hasn’t been much news about the longed-for sequel to the The White Queen since the existence of The White Princess was confirmed earlier this year. But, that seems to be changing rapidly.

Starz has announced that Game of Thrones alum Michelle Fairley has been tapped to star in White Princess as Lady Margaret Beaufort, Henry Tudor’s mother, and one of the architects behind his rise to the throne of England. Actress Jodie Comer has also been tapped to play Princess Elizabeth of York ("Lizzie" per the press release), the titular white princess who is forced into marriage in order to unite the Houses of York and Lancaster.

US Cable Network Starz Looking to Commission ’White Queen’ Sequel Series ‘The White Princess’

Some serious good news has arrived for those that enjoyed lavish period drama The White Queen on Starz. Even though the Wars of the Roses are over, the series itself might not be. Sort of. Maybe. Cross your fingers.

The Telegraph is reporting that Starz, the US premium cable network which has been airing the Wars of the Roses drama this summer, is hoping to commission a sequel series, based on author Philippa Gregory’s The White Princess. Princess is also part of Gregory’s “Cousin’s War” series of novels, and follows the events depicted in The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the trio of stories which formed the basis for the original series. The White Princess tells the story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the titular White Queen Elizabeth Woodville, through her marriage to Henry Tudor and their reign together, which included the birth of multiple children, several rebellions and other various dramas.

The White Queen has received mixed reviews in the States, but seems largely popular among fans. It’s also done quite well in the ratings in America, averaging over 2.5 million viewers per episode, so it’s not a surprise that Starz is considering its options about whether or how to continue the franchise.