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Emmerich's tackles Shakespeare in Anonymous trailer

Anonymous.jpgI don't mean that Roland Emmerich is actually adapting a Shakespearean play, but as we heard way back, he's creating a film around the possibility that William Shakespeare was not the playwright that history might claim.

The trailer is a little light on explanation, but it does deliver the usual scale of an Emmerich film with some British great actors, although not as much as you'd expect in a Shakespeare related film, I wonder if that's related to the subject matter it's tackling?

When I say some, there are two classic names that leap out, Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave, there's also Joely Richardson, David Thewlis and Rhys Ifans, but when we're talking about a film that is set to lay out one of the theories behind who William Shakespeare actually was and the story behind the writer, wouldn't you thought that would have gained a much more expansive cast of stage and screen actors than this?

No offence is intended to those in the film, but when you mention a Shakespeare related film you're usually talking about an ensemble cast of British actors from the stage and screen, and that's not the case here. I do wonder if that's because of what the film will suggest about Shakespeare and its view on actual historical events versus the need to entertain and put on a grand spectacle for a Roland Emmerich film.

It's hard to say right now, but here's the blurb of Anonymous so that you can get an insight:

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

"One possible answer" - that's probably where the answer to the cast lies, perhaps this isn't the popular answer, or a very factual one. We all know that history doesn't always make for the best entertainment in the eyes of Hollywood.

That aside, the trailer for Anonymous does look good, after all it's Emmerich.



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