Monday, April 26, 2010

Sir Derek Jacobi joins Emmerich's Anonymous

Our Pennsylvania correspondent alerted us that the International Movie Database site on Roland Emmerich's upcoming film on the Shakespeare authorship controversy, Anonymous, recently updated information about the film including the fact that Oxfordians Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance have been added to the cast. Jacobi is slated to enact a prologue, and Rylance will play Gloucester.

Other additions include Australian Twilight veteran Xavier Samuel who will play Southampton. Relative unknown Antje Thiele will play Lady de Vere, although the site doesn't specify whether Thiele plays Anne Cecil or Elizabeth Trentham. Newcomer Sebastian Reid will play Essex. Tony Way and Robert Emms will play Elizabethan scribblers Thomas Nashe and Thomas Dekker.

These actors join the Anonymous cast headed by Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson as Elizabeth (old and young), Rhys Ifans as Shakespeare/Edward de Vere, David Thewlis as Cecil (pere) and Edward Hogg as Cecil (fils).

James Shapiro says this film will be a disaster for English teachers, but I don't recall any disturbance in the force after Bette Davis and Errol Flynn did their best to rewrite history in the Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. I think Anonymous is going to be fun.

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