First Look: A Leery Rhys Ifans in Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous'
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2011
Ohhhhh I can't wait to see this! I mean seriously, Roland frickin' Emmerich doing Shakespeare? Just look at this photo. It's all I need, I'm sold, I can't wait to see what he's got. Columbia/Sony Pictures has unveiled the first still for Anonymous, from Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 director Roland Emmerich. I believe that is actor Rhys Ifans seen in the photo below, playing Edward de Vere, one person thought to be responsible for the plays of William Shakespeare. Yep, its a period piece set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion against her. Check it out below!
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain to Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court and schemes of greedy nobles hungry for power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage. Directed by Emmerich and written by John Orloff (A Mighty Heart, Legend of the Guardians). Anonymous hits theaters on September 30th.