“Reign” Premieres Tuesday, August 5 at 7.30pm on FOX8

THE CW UPFRONTS 2013FOX8’s new period drama REIGN – a unique series that captures the romance, horror, betrayal and political scheming that marked the tumultuous reign of the infamously headstrong Mary, Queen of Scots – premieres on Tuesday, August 5 at 7.30pm – starring Australian Adelaide Kane (Neighbours) in the lead role.
Featuring an acclaimed cast of international actors, this epic production takes a captivating look at one of the most fascinating periods in history and details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.

Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart (Kane), the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. The teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch ─ beautiful, passionate and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power.

Arriving in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French King’s dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn’t signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart.

As Mary learns for herself that fierce foes are conspiring to sabotage her marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, she becomes aware of other dark forces. There’s a mysterious presence in the castle; a shrouded figure who may become her unlikely ally. Villagers cope with the brutality of the times by trusting in magic and superstition. And in the dark woods surrounding the French Court lurk those who offer human sacrifice to a being who seems to require blood.

With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary rallies her ladies-in-waiting – Greer, Kenna, Lola and Aylee – and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.

REIGN also stars Toby Regbo (“One Day”) as Prince Francis, Torrance Coombs (“The Tudors”) as Bash, Megan Follows (“Anne of Green Gables”) as Queen Catherine, Alan Van Sprang (“The Tudors”) as King Henry, Celina Sinden (newcomer) as Greer, Caitlin Stasey (newcomer) as Kenna, Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) as Lola, and Jenessa Grant (“Cyberbully”) as Aylee.

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