Starz has renewed the series “Dangerous Liaisons” for a second season before the premiere.
Described as a “prequel” to the novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the series will officially debut on November 6 on the Starz linear network, the Starz app and all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms. Available across Europe, Latin America and Japan on Lionsgate+. Phase 2 will begin production in Prague in early 2023.
“‘Dangerous Liaisons’ is addictive, provocative and beautifully crafted,” said Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz. “This prequel to the classic 18th-century novel illuminates pre-revolutionary Paris at its most fragile. By the end of the season, we’re sure viewers will want even more deception and trickery.
“Dangerous Liaisons” tells the origin story of Marquise de Merteuil (Alice Englert) and Vicomte de Valmont (Nicolas Denton). According to the official series description, “This modern-day classic takes viewers on a journey of wonder and terror, beauty and humiliation, seduction and deception in pre-revolutionary Paris. It’s not just about the French nobility as a young couple’s drive to right their past mistakes depends on their ability to trick and deceive each other. Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton portray the famous lovers: Camille navigates her own way through the human world, taken in by the current Marquise de Merteuil (Leslie Manville), using secret powers to take back control and stop Valmont. It is nothing to reclaim the title that was recently taken from him. Their off-again love story is the heart of the series. It’s not love… it’s war.”
In addition to Englert, Denton and Manville, the series stars: Kosar Ali as Victor, Karis Van Houten as Jacqueline de Montrachet, Hilton Pelser as Gabriel Carré, Physio Akinade as the Chevalier de Saint-Jacques, Michael McElhatton as Jean de Merteuil, Nathaniel Saleh as Azolan, Colette. Dalal Chancho as Ondine de Valmont, Hakim K-Kazim as Majordom, Tom Wlachiha as Henri de Montrachet, and Paloma Faith as Florence de Regnier.
“We are very grateful to Starz and Lionsgate for their continued support of the show,” said series executive Colin Callender. “We’re thrilled to share Harriet Warner’s brilliant vision for a second season, one where our world expands and our characters interact in exciting and dangerous new ways.”
Harriet Warner serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner on “Dangerous Liaisons.” Calendar executive produces with Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures, Scott Huff and Christopher Hampton through Playground. Liz Gill will be a producer on Season 2, with Ollie Blackburn returning to direct. Playground and Flame Ventures will produce in association with Lionsgate Television.