New Trailer for Roland Emmerich's Anonymous
08.07.11 by BJSprecher
A second theatrical trailer for producer-director Roland Emmerich's (2012) new political thriller, Anonymous, was recently released and can now be viewed online. Written by John Orloff (A Mighty Heart), Anonymous is set during the succession of Queen Elizabeth I to the throne of England and the Essex Rebellion against her. The premise of the movie revolves around the controversial theory that Elizabethan courtier and playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the actual author of the majority of the works attributed to William Shakespeare, a theory first proposed by English schoolteacher J. Thomas Looney in his 1920 book, Shakespeare Identified.
The cast includes Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, Rafe Spall as William Shakespeare, Joely Richardson as Princess Elizabeth Tudor, Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I, Xavier Samuel as Henry Wriothesley, David Thewlis as William Cecil and Jamie Campbell Bower as the young Earl of Oxford.
Here's the synopsis of Anonymous:
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.
Anonymous will premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival before opening in theaters Oct. 28th.