New movie Anonymous seems to have got hardcore William Shakespeare in a right old state as the movie suggests that perhaps he didn’t pen his work himself.
Roland Emmerich is back as he swaps blockbuster for period drama with Anonymous and he seems to have ruffled a few feathers.
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England the movie speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work 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 scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
Rhys Ifans leads an all star cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis and Xavier Samuel.
Anonymous is out now