After waiting to adapt Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen since 2015, Elizabeth Banks will be teaming up with Peacock to bring a soon-to-be favorite to the screen. Known for her roles in The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect, Banks will executive produce, direct, and star as a major supporting role in the Red Queen.
Beth Schwartz (showrunner for Arrow) co-wrote the pilot episode for Red Queen in addition to executive producing the show with Banks. The series is set in a futuristic America where the world is divided based on the color of your blood — red or silver. The silver elite have “god-like superpowers” enabling them to rule over the red-blooded commoners.
Red-blooded, 17-year-old Mare Barrow grew up in poverty, but once she begins working at the Silver Palace, she quickly discovers she has a deadly superpower of her own. Teaming up with a militant resistance group named the Red Guard, Mare fights to destroy the silver regime.
Victoria Aveyard has three other books in the Red Queen series, including Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm. All four books in Aveyard’s series reached number one on both the New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists. So saying this new Peacock series is going to be a hit is a little bit of an understatement.