Empress Catherine the Great of Russia was truly one of the greatest rulers in history, rightfully earning her title. She was able to expand the Russian empire into it's then largest extent, and she presided over its golden age. So it seemed fitting that a film made about this great woman should in turn be helmed by another great woman.
And in Hollywood there are few names that could equal the legend that is Barbra Streisand. Yes, the same Barbra who is much more well known for her singing and performances in front of the camera is gonna be directing a movie about the celebrated Russian ruler!
Of course this is not Barbra's first foray into directing. She directed 1983's Yentl, 1991's The Prince of Tides and 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces. She proved capable in this endeavor, even earning herself a Golden Globe for Best Director for Yentl, more impressive still is that she also starred, produced and wrote the screenplay for this film.
The story of Catherine The Great has been made into a movie before. A young Catherine Zeta-Jones starred in a made for TV movie about the Czarina in 1995. But this treatment will focus on a sensual Catherine who being trapped in an abusive marriage with her husband uses her cunning to rise to the throne.
Sounds interesting right? After all the Empress was well known for having numerous lovers.