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New Anonymous Shakespeare trailer

Anonymous.jpgAnonymous surprised me from the beginning, not that it's a film about the theories that Shakespeare wasn't actually a single author but a number of authors writing under a similar theme or a pen name for another author, but that it's directed by Roland Emmerich, and there's not a tidal wave, alien invasion or world ending event in sight.

The film is billed as a political thriller which tells one theory behind the William Shakespeare we see and read today, and it's an interesting theory that also delivers the potential for a strong thriller at the same time.

Keeping to Shakespeare on film form the cast has some great names, Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave grace the cast of Joely Richardson, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower.

The film is written by John Orloff who also wrote A Mighty Heart and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, so there's a mix of talent there already, and all is pointing to a film that really isn't like a Roland Emmerich movie at all.

Here's the blurb for Anonymous:

A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.

The trailer has a great musical choice that pulls it out of the usual costumed films that you'd see, as do the rather epic shots of London at the time, and when we do get to the costumed drama moments it does indeed feel more like a thriller than anything else.

You know I'm starting to think this might be a cut above the Roland Emmerich films to date. Here's the trailer:




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