Amazon Studios’ The Romanoffs just released a teaser trailer without a single frame from the series. Instead, the one minute-long video ticks off the names of the cast backed by foreboding music, and ends with the confirmation of the October 12, 2018 premiere date.
The teaser was released during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2018 Press Tour. According to the announcement, the first season’s guest stars include Noah Wyle (Falling Skies), Kathryn Hahn (Transparent), Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire), Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men), Ben Miles (Collateral), Mary Kay Place (Big Love), Griffin Dunne (Imposters), Cara Buono (Mad Men), Ron Livingston (The Conjuring), Jon Tenney (Hand of God), Clea DuVall (Veep), Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Hugh Skinner (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Juan Pablo Castañeda (The Debt of Maximillian), Emily Rudd (Electric Dreams), Adèle Anderson (Company Business), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Louise Bourgoin (I Am a Soldier), Hera Hilmar (Two Birds), and Inès Melab (Agathe Koltès).
The guest cast join previously announced series stars Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man), Aaron Eckhart (Sully), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), John Slattery (Mad Men), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Corey Stoll (The Strain), and Andrew Rannells (Girls). Mike Doyle (Odd Mom Out), JJ Field (TURN: Washington’s Spies), Janet Montgomery (Salem, This Is Us), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks).
The original anthology series was created by nine-time Emmy Award winner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). Weiner also writes, directs, and executive produces the series. Semi Chellas (Mad Men) is also involved as a writer and executive producer. Mad Men‘s Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton are on board as consulting producers and writers.
Weiner’s behind the scenes team includes Director of Photography Chris Manley (Mad Men), Costume Designers Janie Bryant (Mad Men) and Wendy Chuck (Spotlight), Production Designers Chris Brown (Mad Men) and Emmy winner Henry Dunn (Mad Men). Hair and make-up heads are Theraesa Rivers (Mad Men) and Lana Horochowski (Mad Men). Emmy winners Carrie Audino (Mad Men) and Laura Schiff (Mad Men), along with Kendra Shay Clark (Mad Men), make up the casting team.
Per Amazon, The Romanoffs “was shot on location in three continents and seven countries collaborating with local productions and creative talent across Europe, the Americas, and the Far East.”
The Plot: 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. Each story takes place in a new location with a new cast.