Highlights: 

  • Prime Video unveiled the official trailer for its alt-history “romantacy” series, My Lady Jane, which you can watch below. 
  • Additionally, the streamer shared first-look photos and a poster for the show. 
  • The series vows to be a cheeky, irreverent take on Lady Jane Grey’s story, one that gives her agency. 

Building buzz for its summer premiere, Prime Video just released the official trailer and key art for the eight-episode alt-fantasy Tudor epic adventure, My Lady Jane. Billed as a “swashbuckling romantacy,” the entire series will stream in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

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Besides starring Emily Bader as the titular Jane, the cast boasts Edward Bluemel, Jordan Peters and Dominic Cooper as Jane’s husband, king and prime antagonist, respectively. Anna Chancellor plays Jane’s mother, Lady Frances Grey, while Rob Brydon plays her father-in-law. Jim Broadbent plays the Duke of Leicester, Jane’s uncle. Whew.

My Lady Jane Key Art Poster. Jane and Guildford lean in to kiss in the foreground while a horde of other characters engage in conflict in a monochrome background.

Credit: Amazon MGM Studios

What’s the Deal With Jane Grey?

So … what if history didn’t have to suck for 99 percent of noblewomen? With My Lady Jane, Prime Video asks that question of Lady Jane Grey, also known as The Nine-Day Queen, who was nominated to the throne by her first cousin, the dying King Edward VI, over his two half-sisters.

She was crowned queen on July 10, 1553, only to be deposed by supporters of Mary Tudor (Kate O’Flynn), also known as Bloody Mary, in — you guessed it — nine days’ time.

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Beheaded for treason before her 18th birthday, the history books often frame Jane as a victim of the whims and machinations of the men who controlled her life. The king. Her father. Her husband and his father. All privileged lords who would use her lineage as a throughway to the crown and a way to control England’s religious allegiance. My Lady Jane endeavors to give her agency and a chance to stake her independence. With blades.

Setting History Straight

Prime Video pulls no punches in extolling their take on this HER-story. “Gird your loins for the tragic tale of Lady Jane Grey, the young Tudor noblewoman who was Queen of England for nine days and then beheaded in 1553… F*ck that. We’re retelling history the way it should have happened: the damsel in distress saves herself. This is an epic tale of true love and high adventure set in an alt-universe of action, history, fantasy, comedy, romance, and rompy-pompy. Buckle up.

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With a strong The Great vibe in its irreverent and raunchy take on the lives of the nobles of yore, not to mention the diverse casting of several members of the royal family, My Lady Jane showcases the injustices of the time through a contemporary (and contemptuous) lens.

King Edward stands in front of his throne giving the middle finger with both hands.

Credit: Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

What Is the Show Based On?

My Lady Jane is potentially the first in a series of alt-universe histories based on six books co-authored by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. The books, delightfully known collectively as The Lady Janies, all reboot the stories of iconic heroines named Jane or Mary. Seriously, who doesn’t want to see Calamity Jane take on werewolves?

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It’s not only Jane’s story that gets a refresh. Based on the trailer below, Bluemel’s Guildford Dudley appears to be a more interesting scoundrel than my high school history class led me to believe. And Frances Grey’s number one talent certainly never made it into my texts.

Jane leans in on Guildford as he lies on the ground. They both hold knives in their hand.

Credit: Jonathan Prime/Prime Video

The trailer is a wild ride of power plays and the promised swashbuckling. However, with the exception of some nicely timed owls, the fantasy element remains ambiguous. The “rompy-pompy,” on the other hand, is clearly prevalent. Check out everything history never had the balls to manifest when the series premieres on June 27, 2024, on Prime Video!

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