The latest trailer for Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs offers a clearer look at the series, which centers on people who are convinced they’re descendents of the storied Russian royal family.
The show, which was filmed on location on three continents, is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on October 12. Each of the eight episodes will tell a separate story set in a different country, with no overlapping actors or plot points — except, of course, a purported link to the Romanoffs. That theme is driven home in the new footage, as the characters (all played by recognizable faces) repeatedly claim — and refute — their supposed heritage.
Along with the trailer, details for the first two episodes have been released. Episode one, “The Violet Hour,” stars Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller; episode two, “The Royal We,” stars Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishe, and Noah Wyle. Other stars who will appear on the series include Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Paul Reiser, Kathryn Hahn, and Mad Men alums John Slattery and Christina Hendricks, many of whom we see glimpses of in the trailer.
The Romanoffs is Weiner’s first project since Mad Men, which made its bow in 2015 — though Weiner was more recently in the news over allegations of sexual harassment from Mad Men writer Kater Gordon. In late 2017, Gordon said that Weiner tried to pressure her into letting him see her naked when they worked together on the show, and that she had not worked in TV since being let go from its writing staff. Writer Marti Noxon, who was a consulting producer on Mad Men, later tweeted her support for Gordon, writing that Weiner was an “emotional terrorist.” Weiner has denied the allegations.