Film trailer: 'Anonymous' with Ifans, Richardson and Redgrave
Saturday 09 April 2011
The first trailer for director Roland Emmerich's upcoming film shows a departure from his usual catastrophic fare (
Anonymous is a historical and political thriller.
In the prologue, Derek Jacobi addresses a modern-day theater crowd saying, "Shakespeare never wrote a single word."
With this premise, the footage follows the turbulent times of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion against her.
The story follows the often told tale that Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, actually wrote the plays that the Bard, William Shakespeare, has been credited with.
Despite Shakespeare's fame for 37 plays, 154 sonnets and several epic poems, a voiceover by Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I states, "None of your poems or plays will ever carry your name."
Edward de Vere, played by Rhys Ifans ( Harry Potter), is beheaded as headings over the footage reveal the underlying secret that "between the lines...lies the truth."
The film also stars Redgrave's daughter Joely Richardson, who plays Princess Elizabeth. Rafe Spall ( Grindhouse, A Good Year) portrays William Shakespeare.
The film opens on September 30 in the UK and North America, with other countries to follow.
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