"Was Shakespeare a Fraud?" Find Out in New Anonymous Preview Clips
09.13.11 by BJSprecher
Sony Pictures has released three new preview clips from producer-director Roland Emmerich's (10,000 B.C., 2012) new movie, Anonymous, a historical thriller that posits the question, "Was Shakespeare a Fraud?"
Set during the tumultuous succession of Queen Elizabeth I (played by Vanessa Redgrave) to the throne of England and the Essex Rebellion against her, the movie revolves around the theory that William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) was nothing more than a hired front for the real author of the works attributed to him, the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), who dared not take credit for fear of damaging his social rank and engendering reprisals from the Crown. Written by John Orloff (A Mighty Heart), Anonymous also stars Joely Richardson as Princess Elizabeth Tudor, Xavier Samuel as Henry Wriothesley, David Thewlis as William Cecil and Jamie Campbell Bower as the young Earl of Oxford.