EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Anonymous' Cast and Crew Interviews

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 19:36
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Opening in theaters on October 28th is the new historical political thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich called Anonymous. The film takes an exciting look at the legendary works of William Shakespeare and poses the question: who is the true author of his plays? Anonymous features an excellent cast of actors that includes Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Sebastian Armesto (Bright Star), Rafe Spall (Shaun of the Dead), and Sir Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech). 

IAR's very own Heather Newgen recently had a chance to sit down in New York with actors Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson, as well as director Roland Emmerich to discuss their work on Anonymous. The director and two actors spoke honestly about the new film, it's mysterious tone, the controversy that it has caused, its historic characters, and the choice to cast both Richardson and her real-life mother Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I.

To watch our exclusive interview with Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson, and Roland Emmerich about Anonymous, please click on the video player above. 


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. 

Anonymous bows in theaters on October 28th. 

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