A Gentleman In Moscow: release date, cast, plot, trailer, first looks and all about the Ewan McGregor period drama

A Gentleman in Moscow on Paramount Plus stars Ewan McGregor as a Russian count.
A Gentleman in Moscow on Paramount Plus stars Ewan McGregor as a Russian count. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

A Gentleman In Moscow sees British star Ewan McGregor slipping into the well-heeled shoes of Count Alexander Rostov for new series coming to Paramount Plus and Showtime in spring 2024. 

This major period drama is adapted from Amor Towles’ historical novel A Gentleman in Moscow and follows Count Rostov who, in the aftermath of the Russian revolution, finds his once privileged existence places him on the wrong side of history. He faces a Soviet tribunal and instead of execution, he’s banished to the opulent Hotel Metropol indefinitely, threatened with death if he ever tries to leave. As the years pass Rostov makes a new life within the walls of the hotel while, outside, decades of tumultuous history unfold. 

“It’s an amazing, wonderful story and I am very excited to get to play such a fabulous role,” says Ewan McGregor, who is also serves as. executive producer on the series. 

So here’s  everything you need to know about A Gentleman In Moscow...

A Gentleman in Moscow.

A Gentleman in Moscow main stars in the Hotel Metropol... Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Anna Urbanova, Ewan McGregor as Rostov and Alexa Goodall as Nina. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

A Gentleman in Moscow release date

A Gentleman In Moscow will premiere exclusively on Paramount Plus in the UK on Friday March 29 2024, so a Good Friday treat for Easter. The series also launches on Paramount Plus in Canada, Australia and via the Showtime plan on Paramount+ in the US.

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Is there a trailer for A Gentleman In Moscow? 

Yes a teaser trailer for A Gentleman In Moscow has now been released which begins with Ewan McGregor's Rostov looking out of the window of his attic room in the Hotel Metropol. Take a look below...

A Gentleman In Moscow plot

In 1922 aristocrat Count Alexander Rostov, played by Ewan McGregor, is spared execution and sentenced to ‘house arrest’ by a Bolshevik tribunal following the Russian revolution. After years of luxury, Rostov must see out his days in an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, opposite the Kremlin. As he tries to find a purpose for his life, decades of history are unravelling in the outside world, but Rostov is experiencing life-changing emotional discoveries of his own. 

Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love. Among his unlikely new fiends are a young girl Nina (Alexa Goodall) and a film actress Anna Urbanova (Mary Ann Winstead).

Hotel buddies Rostov (Ewan McGregor)Nina (Alexa Goodall).

Hotel buddies Rostov (Ewan McGregor)Nina (Alexa Goodall). (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

A Gentleman In Moscow cast — Ewan McGregor as Count Rostov

A Gentleman In Moscow sees Ewan McGregor playing Count Rostov, who has never worked a day in his life but must find a point to his life while under house arrest. 

Ewan McGregor rocketed to stardom in the 1990s playing Renton in Trainspotting in 1996, a role he reprised for the sequel in 2017. That decade he also starred in Shallow Grave and Brassed Off. His other movies have included Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, A Life Less Ordinary, Little Voice and Black Hawk Down and he plays the iconic role of Jedi master  Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars prequels plus the recent Disney Plus spin-off series. He also plays Doctor Sleep and has lent his voice to Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and Cricket in Pinocchio.

Count Rostov (Ewan McGregor) In his attic room.

Count Rostov (Ewan McGregor) In his attic room. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new Disney Plus show

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2022 Disney Plus series. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Who else is starring in A Gentleman In Moscow? 

Other cast for A Gentleman in Moscow right includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays glam movie actress Anna Urbanova, a glamorous, independent and self-made film actress, at the height of her fame. Winstead and McGregor have worked together a couple of times previously, including in Fargo season 3 and Birds of Prey.

Alexa Goodall (The Devil’s HourLockwood and Co) is playing the Count’s unlikely young friend Nina. Johnny Harris (Without SinThis is England ’86) is conflicted secret police officer Osip, and Fehinti Balogun (DuneI May Destroy You) as Mishka, the Count’s best friend from university. 

Also starring is Leah Harvey (Foundation), Paul Ready (MotherlandThe Terror), John Heffernan (Becoming ElizabethThe Pursuit of Love), Lyès Salem (CoupezAbou Leila), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (LambThe Witcher), Dee Ahluwalia (ConsentSex Education) and Anastasia Hille (I Hate Suzie Too).

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Anna Urbanova.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Anna Urbanova. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

Johnny Harris' secret police officer Osip confronts Ewan McGregor as Rostov.

Johnny Harris' secret police officer Osip confronts Ewan McGregor as Rostov. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

A Gentleman in Moscow behind the scenes and more

A Gentleman In Moscow is is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Paramount an is directed and executive produced by BAFTA award winning director and Emmy nominee Sam Miller who most recently directed, and executive produced the Apple TV+ series Surface and previously directed the award winning British comedy-drama I May Destroy You, for which he won a BAFTA.  He has also received three Emmy nominations for Luther and for I May Destroy You.  

A Gentleman In Moscow is produced by eOne in association with Paramount. The series is written by showrunner and executive producer Ben Vanstone (All Creatures Great and Small, The Last Kingdom). Harper (War and Peace, Peaky Blinders) also executive produces with Xavier Marchand (Nautilus, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris), Ewan McGregor, and the novel’s writer, New York Times best-selling author Amor Towles.

A Gentleman In Moscow director Sam Miller.

A Gentleman In Moscow director Sam Miller. (Image credit: Josh Barrrett)
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