Redgrave, Thewlis Join Emmerich’s “Anonymous”

Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis and Rhys Ifans have all joined “Anonymous”, the Shakespeare-themed royal political thriller that big-budget disaster movie helmer Roland Emmerich (“2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) will direct reports Empire Online.

John Orloff (“A Mighty Heart”) penned the script which explores the theory that Shakespeare was not the author of his plays, but rather Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. The film will also explore the declining years of Elizabeth the First’s reign as her court devolved into feuding factions between the Cecils and the Essex’s. The aim is expected to be a dark and tense thriller along the lines of 1998’s Oscar-winning “Elizabeth”.

Redgrave will play Elizabeth, David Thewlis will be both the old and young incarnations of William Cecil, and Rhys Ifans will be the Earl of Oxford. Shooting kicks off in Berlin next month.