‘Reign’ Casts ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Star Rachel Skarsten as Queen Elizabeth
Reign is breaking away from focusing squarely on Mary, Queen of Scots and French monarch Queen Catherine. Instead, the back half of Season 2 will introduce another Queen worthy of attention.
Rachel Skarsten, who played the role of Christian Grey’s assistant in Fifty Shades of Grey, has been cast as Queen Elizabeth. The uber-talented Canadian star will be introduced when the show returns from its brief hiatus this Thursday, as we left off with Condé (Sean Teale) having to choose between leaving for Scotland with Mary (Adelaide Kane) and accepting Elizabeth’s proposal of courtship in England.
“The character of Elizabeth, Queen of England, the only living child of Henry VIII and the murdered Ann Boleyn, looms over Mary Queen of Scots for the duration of her life,” said executive producer Laurie McCarthy. “Elizabeth has also, without ever stepping onto our stage, loomed over our first two seasons as a forceful and intriguing presence. I have been dying to introduce her to our characters and our audience. Because no single character understands Mary’s unique circumstances more. No character is more of a threat to her happiness and her life. Elizabeth’s debut in the season finale is a catalyst for events in season 3,when Reignwill chronicle the lives, loves and tribulations of three queens: Mary, Catherine, and now Elizabeth.”
McCarthy added: “I’m delighted to cast Rachel Skarsten as Elizabeth, a female monarch still in her twenties, early yet in her rule. She is a beautiful, cunning and brave mix of opposites: a young woman hardened too soon by life’s events, but vulnerable when it comes to love. A mercenary foe riddled with compassion for her rival. With her introduction, our world expands: the stakes grow even more heightened as we travel to another court filled with the beauty of privilege, passion and intrigue. The wait is over. Elizabeth is here. And I’m certain our audience will welcome her into the fold.”
Even though Mary and Francis are my preferred duo, I’m really digging the love triangle with Condé from a purely dramatic standpoint. And now that it’s a love square/rhombus with Elizabeth involved, it should only get more interesting from here on out. I’m totally ready for this.
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