The story of Jane Grey is unanimously pointed out by experts as one of the most tragic of the British monarchy. Effectively the first woman to sit on the UK throne, the under-20s didn’t even have time for an official ceremony. In just 9 days she was deposed by Mary I and executed a few months later for treason. A betrayal, by the way, that she was also a victim of.
I’ve already talked about her in more detail here on MiscelAna. She is currently played by the beloved Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) in the Starz series Becoming Elizabeth and, in the past, revealed a newcomer Helena Boham-Carter, who played her in the movie Lady Jane, back in the early 1980s. And we will have more.
This week the website Deadline announced that Amazon Prime Video will also bet on adapting women’s stories with the adaptation of the best-selling My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, which at first seems to be getting on the bandwagon. already explored by Hulu (The Great, about Catherine the Great), Netflix (who is there with the series about Sissi, the Austro-Hungarian Empress), and Starz (with several series about the English Queens and to debut The Serpent Queen, the biography of Catherine de Medici), but it is not.
That’s because My Lady Jane is more than a work of “historical fiction”, in the humorous line of The Great. Launched in 2016, with a focus on young audiences, it blends magic, romance, and adventure. Inspired from afar by the short story of Jane Grey, the authors play with the saddest element of all: how teenagers are dragged into a world of inheritance, war, and religion, when they only wanted to deal with magic. As the synopsis reads:
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient as he’s only sixteen and would rather plan his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (who reads a lot of books) is Edward’s cousin and is much more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward managed to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little strange about his intention…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he is an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed – but then wakes up at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot is complicated when Edward, Jane and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to get involved in some conspiracies of their own. But can they execute his plan before he blows their heads off?
The three main cast were announced: Emily Bader as Jane, Edward Bluemel as Guifford and Jordan Peters as King Edward VI. The showrunners are Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls) and Meredith Glynn (The Boys).
It still doesn’t have a confirmed release date.