Starz has become synonymous with period dramas, and we’re not exactly complaining. Their latest entry into this world of scandalous things that could have happened in the past is Dangerous Liaisons, and the trailer promises a lot of drama is coming our way. Dare we say too much drama?
No, we won’t. That’s what has us hooked in the first place. Let’s just say it’s the right amount of drama. And even if we know how this story ends — or we can easily find out by picking up the book, there’s a certain appeal in watching the beginnings of this tragic affair, almost like watching a train-wreck in slow motion. It’s just hard to look away, which is exactly what Starz is betting on.
You can check out the full trailer below:
“Dangerous Liaisons” is a bold prelude of Laclos’ classic 18th century novel focusing on the origin story of how his iconic characters, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, met as passionate young lovers in Paris on the eve of the revolution. This modern take on a classic story takes audiences through wonder and terror, beauty and degradation, seduction and deception in pre-revolutionary Paris. Driven to right the wrongs of their past, the young couple’s survival depends on their skills of seduction and manipulation of not only the French nobility but of each other. Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton portray the notorious lovers: Camille who is taken in by the current Marquise de Merteuil (played by Lesley Manville) navigates her own path in a world of men, using the power of secrets to take back control, and Valmont who will stop at nothing to regain his title that was recently taken from him. Their on- again off-again love story is the heart of the series. It’s not love… it’s war.
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Dangerous Liaisons premieres November 6th on Starz.