Roland Emmerich, thou art to do Shakespeare with ANONYMOUS
I guess Roland Emmerich (2012, INDEPENDENCE DAY) finally ran out of ways to destroy the world, as the disaster flick-prone director is shelving the CGI and dusting off a little Billy Shakespeare. The film is called ANONYMOUS and it proposes the reality behind the age-old rumor that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, actually wrote the works that William Shakespeare is famously known for.
Those dashing Brits over at Empire recently caught up with the director, who discussed the casting and what we can expect from the film. Check it out after the jump!
"We have Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth; David Thewlis as William Cecil, old and young; and Rhys Ifans as The Earl Of Oxford. It’s a true English cast and I’m really proud of it. There’s 12 main characters and 20 or 30 other characters, and each of the characters is really good.” Ifans, played the titular de Vere here, is no stranger to Shakespearean tales or costume dramas as the actor has previously appeared in ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, VANITY FAIR and MIDSUMMER DREAM.
On what we can expect from ANONYMOUS, “It’s a mix of a lot of things: it’s an historical thriller because it’s about who will succeed Queen Elizabeth and the struggle of the people who want to have a hand in it. It’s the Tudors on one side and the Cecils on the other, and in between [the two] is the Queen. Through that story we tell how the plays written by the Earl of Oxford ended up labelled 'William Shakespeare'.”
I've always been fascinated by this legend of sorts, so the film is an intriguing idea at the least. Although, Emmerich as the stage director on this production is a little off kilter. Guess he is finally putting prose before blows.