Dangerous Liaisons on Starz – everything you need to know about the prequel of the Michelle Pfeiffer classic

Dangerous Liaisons is coming to Starz, and the classic drama is getting a twist

Dangerous Liaisons is getting a prequel
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It might be getting colder but, thanks to the first look of the new Dangerous Liaisons series, things are only getting steamier.

Many fans will recall the 1988 Oscar winning movie adaptation starring a host of Hollywood heavyweights including Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves.

Others will also know it as the source material for the scandalous 1999 adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe, which transported the tale to modern day New York City.

A whole new generation will be introduced to the tale now, and we’ve got all the details…

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What is Dangerous Liaisons about?

Get ready for this - the upcoming Dangerous Liaisons prequel TV series is based on the film which was based on a play based on a 1782 French novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

A story of sexual plotting, simmering tension and dastardly schemes, it’s no surprise the story has inspired so many retellings.

The core of the original story revolves around the vivacious and vengeful Marquise de Merteuil, who, spurned by a lover, plots her payback.

Dangerous Liaisons prequel on Starz

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Vowing revenge on her former partner, Bastide, the Marquise plans to use his new fiancée to get back at him, roping in the unscrupulous and amoral Valmont – with whom she has something of a history with - to seduce and ruin the reputation of the virginal fiancée.

The TV show, however, will act as something of an origin story, exploring how the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont first met as passionate young lovers in Paris on the eve of the revolution.

Who is in the cast for the new Dangerous Liaisons series?

Australian actress Alice Englert will play the young Merteuil.

Alice may be familiar with viewers for starring in Ginger & Rosa and Beautiful Creatures. She is the daughter of The Power of the Dog director Jane Campion.

Nicholas Denton will star as a young Valmont.

British actress Lesley Manville, known for Phantom Thread and most recently Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, will star as the Marquise de Merteuil of her era (preceding the rise of the one in the original novel to the title.)

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When is the release date for Dangerous Liaisons?

The series will launch on November 6.

It has been confirmed that there will be eight episodes of this season, with showrunner Harriet Warner telling the Television Critics Association panel this will act as a prelude to the original novel, and she hopes the story will get to continue.

How to watch Dangerous Liaisons?

Dangerous Liaisons will be showing exclusively on Starz, and their associated app channels.

The series will launch on November 6 at 9 pm ET, and will follow a weekly release schedule. For viewers with a Starz app or Hulu account, it’ll be streaming starting the same day.

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