Roland Emmerich Takes On Shakespeare

February 26, 2010 by  
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rolandemmerich210x300King of destruction Roland Emmerich will be taking on Shakespeare for an upcoming project.

Turning his back on the CGI laden disaster-fests that he’s used to, Emmerich will turn the life of the bard into a thriller starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis.

Empire spoke to the director and he explained his take on the life of our most influential literary figure.

“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 labelled ‘William Shakespeare’.”

So apparently Shakespeare stole the work of somebody else, rubbed out the name at the top and claimed them as his own. Right.

“We have Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth; David Thewlis as William Cecil, old and young; and Rhys Ifans as The Earl Of Oxford. It’s a true English cast and I’m really proud of it. There’s 12 main characters and 20 or 30 other characters, and each of the characters is really good.”

To be honest, we’re not super pleased that Emmerich is the one behind this film but only time will tell.

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