TNT’s new period drama Will tells the wild, rowdy origin story of a young William Shakespeare.
Starring Laurie Davidson, the series exposes Shakespeare’s recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance.
“We are at war, and our only weapons are words,” he says in the trailer.
The show also stars Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, Jamie Campbell Bower, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett and Jasmin Savoy Brown.
In the series, he has just arrived onto the punk-rock theatre scene in 16th century London—a seductive, violent world where his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows.
Attracted to Will’s naïve genius is Alice Burbage (DeJonge), the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage (Meaney), the carpenter whose vision led him to build the first theatre in London since Roman times.
Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theatre. Her brother Richard Burbage (Inwood) is innately talented as well, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. But a chance encounter at the theatre leads him to team up with Will in what would soon become the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen, according to the synopsis by TNT.
Will premieres Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. across all TNT’s U.S. platforms.