Showtime's The Borgias continues sexing up of history started by The Tudors
Tudors fans rejoice!
A look at the new trailer for Showtime's glitzy period drama The Borgias shows that it continues in the grand tradition of the premium cable channel's saucy series about England's most notorious monarch, The Tudors.
Often referred to as history's first crime family, the Borgias were a Spanish-Italian family who ruled Renaissance-era Italy after patriarch Rodrigo Borgia was anointed Pope Alexander VI. The family was accused of a litany of crimes, including adultery, rape, theft, murder and incest. In other words, lots of material for director/executive producer Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) to chew on.
Jeremy Irons gets the plum role here as Rodrigo, playing a Pope with a wife, children and many mistresses, judging by the way-cool new trailer Showtime just released. Though Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Myers often made headlines more for his drinking problems than his performances, I always enjoyed the series' modernized take on Henry VIII and feel a bit of withdrawal when the series ended earlier this year.
Now Showtime has a seemingly able replacement teed up, with accomplished English actors ready to provide a classy sheen to a romp through one of history's most corrupt leaders (it always bugs me a bit, though, that such programs, whether set in Spain or Italy, features a cast with British accents).
Supposedly, Godfather author Mario Puzo, whose last book was a novel about the Borgias called The Family, drew inspiration for his crime family The Corleones from this infamous real-life clan.
Check out the trailer below and see if you agree.