As the title suggests, the film will look into the theory that our beloved William Shakespeare didn't pen all of the plays we've credited him with, and claim that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the scribe. Empire reports that Shakespeare all-star Vanessa Redgrave will play Queen Elizabeth, David Thewlis will play William Cecil, the Queen's Secretary of State (perhaps the inspiration for Polonius), and Rhys Ifans will take on the key Earl of Oxford role.
Emmerich says: "It's a mix of a lot of things: it's an historical thriller because it's about who will succeed Queen Elizabeth and the struggle of the people who want to have a hand in it. It's the Tudors on one side and the Cecils on the other, and in between [the two] is the Queen. Through that story we tell how the plays written by the Earl of Oxford ended up labeled 'William Shakespeare'." Eesh. Good thing it was "Shakespeare" and not "anonymous." "It's not Anonymous, but it's good," just doesn't have the same ring.
Emmerich is definitely taking a step in the right direction with this cast, which I hope bodes well for the film on a whole, even if it dares to shake up our old-school Shakespearean notions. But there are also 9 other main roles, according to Emmerich, that need to be filled. Any ideas? Production starts next month, so stay tuned!