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    February 27, 2010


    Roland Emmerich in Berlin (2007)Image via Wikipedia

    In a strange coincidence, Roland Emmerich has a film on his hand which swayed away all or any stereotyping about him. No more world destroy this time and no more CGI. Instead, Anonymous; will sees the director playing with live action and William Shakespeare.

    Anonymous will set the story or rather the controversy surrounding Shakespeare's authorship. For the past 100 years or so, a theory and perhaps more questions have poured in that speculated that Shakespeare's plays were indeed was written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

    According to an interview with Empire Online:
    “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.” - Roland Emmerich

    He then continued by saying, “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'.”

    Shooting will start this spring in Germany. Well, after all, this is not the type of movie we can expect from Emmerich himself.
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