China’s only female empress is coming to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new series about Wu Zetian is being developed called Empress.
The drama comes from Game of Thrones producer Christopher Newman, Starlight Media, and K. Jam Media.
Empress will center on “the only female empress in the history of China — Wu Zetian, who ruled during the Tang dynasty (618-906 A.D.), a time of relative freedom for women. She was known for her wit, intelligence and humor as well as being ruthless, cunning and a political force to be reckoned with. The series will follow her ascent through the court of Emperor Tai Tsung; life as his favorite concubine — and ultimately her rise to power.”
This is far from the first TV series to focus on Zetian, but most of the shows so far have been made for Chinese audiences. Empress is set to premiere sometime in 2018.
What do you think? Are you familiar with Wu Zetian? Will you watch Empress?