Rhys Ifans got the lead role in Anonymous, an upcoming political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare (the story is based on a theory that claims that William Shakespeare’s works were actually written by Edward de Vere). The film is directed by Roland Emmerich (who helmed 2012). The movie Anonymous will be released on September 30, 2011.
Here’s a first official look at Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere:
“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.”
To watch this movie or not to watch, that is the question!