Who's In The Romanoffs? It's More Like, Who Isn't?

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The second teaser trailer to the Amazon Studios mini-series The Romanoffs, which premieres October 12, feels like flipping through a photo carousel of the famous. The camera jumps from one iconic actor's face to the next. There's a self-awareness to the trailer, making it feel like the show's creators know that we are shaking our heads with perplexity and awe at how they got so many well-known and respected name into one show.
Here's the first burning question from the trailer: How can this many people fit into one TV show? As it turns out, The Romanoffs has such a sprawling cast because of its unique structure. Each of the eight episodes of The Romanoffs is a standalone story featuring its very own cast. The episodes are united by a common theme: Their protagonists, who are spread across the globe, are all convinced they're somehow descendants of the Romanoffs, the last dynasty to rule Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
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Here's the second burning question: Who's going to play Rasputin? While we can't answer that question, we can say whose faces you'll see come October 12. Here are the cast highlights for your next TV obsession.
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Christina Hendricks

Who She Plays: Olivia Rogers

Where You've Seen Her: The Romanoffs already has been noted for its significant casting overlap with the show Mad Men. In addition to sharing a creator, the show shares multiple actor alums — including Christina Hendricks. In Mad Men, Hendricks played Joan, the office manager who kept Sterling Cooper running. More recently, she starred as a strung-out mom who turns to crime in NBC's Good Girls.
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Diane Lane

Who She Plays: Katherine Ford

Where You've Seen Her: She's a legend, she's a wonder, she's Diane Lane. Lane's illustrious career began when was 13 years old. She was later nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the steamy drama Unfaithful. Other notable works include Nights in Rodanthe, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Outsiders, and, of course, the mom in Inside Out. 2018 marks Diane Lane's first significant foray into TV in decades: She'll appear in The Romanoffs and House of Cards.
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Kathryn Hahn

Who She Plays: Anka

Where You've Seen Her: The Romanoffs is hardly Kathryn Hahn's first Amazon original series. She starred in both of Jill Soloway's Amazon shows, first as a long-suffering rabbi Raquel in Transparent and later as Chris, a sexually adventurous writer in I Love Dick.
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John Slattery

Who He Plays: Daniel Reese

Where You've Seen Him: Like Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks, John Slattery will make the jump to Matthew Weiner's latest creation. Since Mad Men, Slattery has had leading roles in Wet Hot American Summer, Veep, and Captain America: Civil War.
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Amanda Peet

Who She Plays: Olivia Wells

Where You've Seen Her: You mean aside from the 2005 gem A Lot Like Love? Peet, who is married to Game of Thrones creator David Benioff, most recently had starring stints in the TV shows Togetherness, Brockmire, and The Good Wife.
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Jack Huston

Who He Plays: Samuel Ryan

Where You've Seen Him: You haven't seen this yet, but Jack Huston will appear in Martin Scorsese's Netflix film The Irishman alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. You likely know him from Boardwalk Empire, where he played Richard Harrow, or Mr. Mercedes.
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Corey Stoll

Who He Plays: Michael Romanov

Where You've Seen Him: Corey Stoll starred Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a doctor trying to battle a virus that causes vampirism, in the TV show The Strain. He'll play Buzz Aldrin in the upcoming Damien Chazelle drama First Man.
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Andrew Rannells

Who He Plays: David Patton

Where You've Seen Him: Musical theater lovers will recognize Andrew Rannells as the originator of the role Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. On screen, Rannells played Hannah's best friend in Girls and provided the voice of Matthew in the Netflix show Big Mouth.
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JJ Feild

Who He Plays: Brian Sedgewick

Where You've Seen Him: American Revolution nerds, we see you. JJ Feild was Major John André in AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies. Feild also appeared in Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman, which looked in the racy history behind the Wonder Woman comics.
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Janet Montgomery

Who She Plays: Michelle Westbrook

Where You've Seen Her: Remember Kevin's mean British co-star, and eventual crush, in This Is Us? Yes, that was Janet Montgomery.
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Aaron Eckhart

Who He Plays: Greg

Where You've Seen Him: Aaron Eckhart is probably most recognizable for his work as Harvey Dent, the ultimate good guy gone wrong, in The Dark Knight. He also received critical acclaim for his role as Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking. But we should never forget Eckhart as Frankenstein's monster in the ill-fated sci-fi movie, I, Frankenstein.
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Kerry Bishé

Who She Plays: Shelly

Where You've Seen Her: Kerry Bishé was the star of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, a show about the early days of the tech boom. At one point in Billions, Bobby Axelrod almost cheats on his wife with Bishé's character. She's also appeared in Narcos and Argo.
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Radha Mitchell

Who She Plays: Victoria Heyward

Where You've Seen Her: Like many Australian superstars, including Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth, Radha Mitchell made an appearance on the Aussie soap Neighbors early on in her career. Her notable appearances include Finding Neverland and the TV show Longmire.
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Hugh Skinner

Who He Plays: unknown

Where You've Seen Him: If you saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, then surely you remember Hugh Skinner as young Harry (aka young Colin Firth) dancing to "Waterloo." That scene was a gift. Skinner also plays Prince William in the satirical show The Windsors.
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Clea DuVall

Who She Plays: Patricia Callahan

Where You've Seen Her: Clea DuVall has an enormous filmography but is best known for her work in Veep or American Horror Story: Asylum.
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Annet Mahendru

Who She Plays: Elena Evanovich

Where You've Seen Her: Annet Mahendru double-crossed Americans and Soviets as Nina Sergeevna in The Americans, and now she's back to entrance American audiences with her Russian accent in The Romanoffs. Mahendru also appeared on the FX series Tyrant.
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Ron Livingston

Who He Plays: Alex Meyers

Where You've Seen Him: Fall 2018 is a busy season for Ron Livingston. In addition to The Romanoffs, Ron Livingston will appear as the focal character in the ABC drama A Million Little Things. Fans of Search Party will immediately recognize him as Keith, a character whose mysteriousness is gravely misinterpreted. But Livingston will always be most iconic for sticking it to the man in Office Space.
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Paul Reiser

Who He Plays: Bob Isaacson

Where You've Seen Him: Throughout the '90s, Paul Reiser starred alongside Helen Hunt in the long-running show Mad About You. He made the transition from network to streaming TV with the Amazon Studios comedy Red Oaks, and later with Netflix's Stranger Things. Reiser played the sinister doctor orchestrating the Hawkins Lab.
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Cara Buono

Who She Plays: Debbie Newman

Where You've Seen Her: Cara Buono has significant overlap with some of her other Romanoffs stars. She, along with John Slattery and Christina Hendricks, appeared in Mad Men. She's also been in Stranger Things along with Paul Reiser. That's quite a resume – but she's been wading on peak TV for a while now. Her first stint came in The Sopranos.
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Jay R. Ferguson

Who He Plays: Joe Garner

Where You've Seen Him: Another Mad Men alum! After playing Stan Rizzo in Mad Men, Jay R. Ferguson starred as Pat O'Neal, the father in the sitcom The Real O'Neals.
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Griffin Dunne

Who He Plays: Frank Shefflied

Where You've Seen Him: Mad Men isn't the only show with major Romanoffs crossover. The central couple in the daring Amazon Studios show I Love Dick will be recast as new characters in The Romanoffs. Griffin Dunne, who played the slightly smarmy Sylvere in I Love Dick, will be in the Romanoffs, along with his TV wife Kathryn Hahn.
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Mary Kay Place

Who She Plays: Marilyn Hopkins

Where You've Seen Her: You can stop what you're doing and see Mary Kay Place in two of the best shows available to stream on Netflix now: Imposters and Lady Dynamite. Other highlights in Place's long career include the HBO shows Big Love and Bored to Death.
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