Amazon Prime Video’s new project, The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is unconventional to say the least.
The limited series includes eight episodes with eight completely different stories. But each episode includes at least one character who believes him or herself is a descendant of the Russian royal family.
Eckhart shows up in the first episode, “The Violet Hour,” in which audiences are transported to modern day Paris, where a wealthy older (and quite racist) woman, Anushka (Marthe Keller), lives in an enormous, magnificent apartment. The Dark Knight actor plays Anushka’s American nephew Greg, who both loves her and wants to inherit her fortune.
TV Insider spoke with Eckhart ahead of the premiere about what attracted him to the role and what is was like working with a TV powerhouse like Weiner.
How would you describe this series? It’s not exactly what’s advertised.
Aaron Eckhart: It’s different from what I expected in that it’s unconventional and all these stories that are interconnected but [at the same time] not connected at all. They’re all shot around the world with different people on different timelines, and [the Romanoff family], really isn’t even mentioned.
Matthew obviously has these beautiful stories in his head. I read the script on the side of a road near a lake in Montana in the rain — out in the middle of nature. I thought it was bold and interesting and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be a part of that.’
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Aaron Eckhart has worked with a number of standout writer-directors — Steven Soderbergh, Jason Reitman and Christopher Nolan, to name a few — over his 25-year film career. So when the opportunity to work with Matthew Weiner on his new star-studded Amazon anthology series, The Romanoffs, came up, Eckhart jumped at the opportunity.
Appearing in the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” which is now streaming, Eckhart plays Greg, the lone nephew and caretaker to a bigoted, wealthy aunt played by Marthe Keller. Over the course of the episode, which is set in Paris and is acted mostly in French, the family’s connection to the Romanovs is revealed as an unexpected person changes the course of Greg’s future.
“It was beautifully written,” Eckhart tells ET of the script. “I thought that Matthew was putting relationships together that were unconventional.”
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The Romanoffs has good actors, fascinating ideas, and dopey stories
Check out the review here: EW.com
Set your diary for October 12 because Amazon Prime have their first original drama and it’s going to be huge.
1. It’s created by Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner who brought the 1950s back into Vogue with his all-smoking, ad agency hit that reestablished the face of barbershops and men’s haircuts ever since. Said to have cost around $50million, and with Weiner bringing some of his behind-the-scenes writers and creatives to the show, The Romanoffs is a hit waiting to be watched.
2. The cast! Hello John Slattery and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame, Clea Duvall, Corey Stoll, Radha Mitchell, Katherine Hahn, Diane Lane, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet – some of TVs best and brightest are claiming to be Russian royalty so that’s a big tick on the acting front.
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Lionsgate has set Nov. 8 for the opening of Roland Emmerich’s $100M World War II epic “Midway”. Next year Veterans Day, which has always been a bountiful holiday at the box office, falls on a Monday, giving Midway a four-day run.
“Midway” will star Aaron Eckhart, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas and more.
“The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. The shot is from the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin. Here’s Amazon’s description and air date:
“The Violet Hour” — Premieres on Friday, October 12
Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.
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Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein, and Patrick Wilson have already been revealed for the strong ensemble and they are now joined by Asano (Zatoichi), Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Johnson (Alita: Battle Angel), singer and actor Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle), Quaid (Day After Tomorrow), Luke Kleintank (Man in the High Castle), Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter).
Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, the $100M+ action-drama will chronicle the exploits of the soldiers and pilots at the heart of the conflict. Shoot is due to get under way from September 5 in Honolulu.
Read more at the source: Deadline