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Lena Headey returns with another “deliciously subversive” character in Rita

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Cersei Lannister may last have been seen last under a pile of rubble, but actress Lena Headey is set to hit our screens once more in a new TV role that’s just as subversive as her indomitable ice Queen. 

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey might have wished for “a better death” for her character Cersei Lannister, but it seems as though an even better reincarnation is on the cards.

The actress is set to swap her throne for the classroom in a new Showtime drama, Rita, about a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who isn’t afraid to take on authority, or even her own family, in a totally unfiltered way.

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones

Based on the original Danish series by Christian Torpe, who is also writing and producing the show, the hour-long drama-comedy looks to challenge conventional depictions of female characters, which basically means that we’ll be changing our minds a lot about our rebellious protagonist.

And though the show might sound worlds apart from Westeros, it appears as though Headey’s title character is every bit as complex and captivating as Queen Cersei, who we last saw buried under a pile of dust and rubble in the final episode of the hit HBO series. 

“Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her,” said Jana Winograde, one of the network’s presidents of entertainment. “It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role.”

Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones 

While we eagerly wait for the show to hit our TV screens, we can catch Headey as the voice of Maudra Fara in Netflix’s prequel of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Carry on, queen.

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Christobel Hastings is a London-based journalist covering pop culture, feminism, LGBTQ and lore.

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