Annette Benning In Armstrong’s “Great”

Annette Benning is set to star in Gillian Armstrong’s “The Great”, an irreverent comedy inspired by the life of 18th century Russian empress Catherine The Great for Macgowan Films and Lago Films reports Screen Daily.

The most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, Catherine II ruled during the second half of the 18th century and revitalised the country into one of the great powers of Europe. Much like with Elizabeth I in the UK, Catherine’s reign is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire and the Russian nobility.

Marian Macgowan and Marco Mehlitz are producing from a script by Tony McNamara. Shooting kicks off in September.