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Alan Cumming joins animated Prince George parody series from 'Will & Grace' writer

Upcoming HBO Max series 'The Prince' is based on a popular Instagram parody account by Gary Janetti.

2020-01-22

Alan Cumming has joined the cast of a new animated comedy series lampooning the British Royal Family.

The Scottish-American actor, 54, will lend his vocal talents to upcoming HBO Max series The Prince, which focusses on the fictional exploits of 6-year-old heir to the throne Prince George.

The series, which will also see Orlando Bloom voicing Prince Harry, Iwan Rheon as Prince William and Tom Hollander as both Prince Phillip and Prince Charles, is based on a popular Instagram parody account by Gary Janetti, who has written for shows including Will & Grace and Family Guy.

The account, @garyjanettit, has amassed almost one million followers since 2017, and imagines the world through the sassy and occassionally snarky eyes of the future monarch.

 
 
 
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“I’m thrilled to be working at HBO Max and bringing them yet another series about a family ruthlessly fighting for the throne,” said Janetti, who is married to celebrity stylist Brad Goreski and also created ITV's Vicious, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.

A synopsosis of The Prince reads: "Before George rules Britannia, he’ll be laying down his own laws in Janetti’s comedic take on the future King of England’s childhood as seen from the prince’s own point of view.

"Because his succession isn’t coming any time soon, in each episode George will find his path in life as a young prince in modern times — from the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace to his family’s sea of corgis to primary school with commoners.

 

The Prince also features notable characters in George’s life such as his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, his fourth-in-line-for-the-throne little sister Charlotte, his modern Aunt Meghan and Uncle Harry, his great-granddad Philip, and—who can forget—his "Gan Gan" Elizabeth."

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said: “We’re so excited to bring the world Gary’s created on Instagram over to HBO Max, where our viewers can discover what his Instagram fans already know – that George can be hilarious, shocking, and surprisingly sweet.”

“We can’t wait to see what Gary does with a bigger canvas to paint on than just a 1:1 square.”