In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote the famous line: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
It’s a noble thought, but is it true? If you love the works of Shakespeare, would you still love them if you learned that Shakespeare himself was a fraud? That’s just one of the questions director Roland Emmerich is tackling in his new film, Anonymous, an interesting period drama which unravels the conspiracy behind who really wrote Shakespeare’s greatest works.
If you haven’t heard of Anonymous before, you may be scratching your head and asking, “Wait, Shakespeare didn’t write his plays?” Don’t worry, you haven’t been left out of the loop. Anonymous is simply a dramatic telling of a theory touted by a (small) handful of scholars. The story goes that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote Shakespeare’s plays as a way to gain political power with the masses.
If that doesn’t sound interesting to you, don’t forget that Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) is the director, which means there’s an outside chance for either an alien invasion or earth-shattering natural disaster. (Just kidding…kind of.)
We shared a teaser trailer for Anonymous in the spring, and the first full-length trailer for the film earlier this month. Today, we have a new international trailer for the film (via Sky.com). Check it out along with a full synopsis of the movie, below.
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 stars Rhys Ifans (Amazing Spider-Man) as the Earl of Oxford, Rafe Spall as William Shakespeare, and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I. The film hits theaters later this year on October 28th, after being pushed back from March.