Friday, June 25, 2010

Who Wrote William Shakespeare's Plays?

The question is at the core of Roland Emmerich's new period-mystery, 'Anonymous': Did someone else write the works attributed to William Shakespeare?

'Anonymous' is a low-budget affair, $30 million being a low budget for Roland Emmerich, which stars Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere (who is considered by scholars to be the leading candidate as an alternate author of Shakespeare's plays), Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth, and Rafe Spall as The Bard.

Emmerich must have a passion for the mystery, if there is one. It's an issue with some weighty intrigue, to be sure. If a moviemaker like Emmerich is committed to the material enough to forgo end-of-the-world scenarios and over-the-top CGI, I have to see the result.

Filmstarts is running a feature on the production with making-of footage and some set stills.

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