The Princess Who Would Be King

Historical Drama series with Fantasy Elements

“Not queen, king is what I wanna be!”

New Kingdom of Egypt, 1500 B.C.: A young androgynous princess challenges the divine order by being the first woman in the history of Egypt to not be satisfied with the role imposed on her as Great Royal Wife. In a world governed by men – and gods, she fights her adversaries to the top of her Empire and does everything to finally assert her right to the Pharaoh's throne. But first, she has to override her nephew, the rightful heir to the throne who refuses to be deprived of his power, especially by a woman who claims to be a man.

As millions of women around the world are taking to the streets in the fight for equality and empowerment, it is surprising that the first significant female leader in history ruled more than 3,000 years ago over Egypt. This woman is Hatshepsut, a princess who became queen, acted as a regent for her nephew, and ultimately crowned herself Pharaoh.

The first season tells of the unusual rise and life of this princess, who, through her androgynous nature, ends up bending gender boundaries, falls in love with a peasant, and eventually becomes a man.

The story is embedded in a world governed by gods, where earthly life sets the standards for the afterlife; the priests of Egypt are gaining power on a daily basis and the Pharaoh's job is to keep Maat (world order) to not to bring Isfet (chaos) to Egypt. Isfet and Ma´ at play an important show in the second layer of the show. They are arguing about to doing of Hatchespsut and the society.

Idea: Uwe Kersken
Historical advisor: Kent Weeks
Written by Marina Alves Bendocchi