Roland Emmerich’s ‘Anonymous’ Snags A Release Date

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 12:23 pm,

Director Roland Emmerich’s new project, Anonymous, is officially set to arrive in theaters in the U.S. on March 25, 2011.

This new film from the 2012 director will surprisingly not be yet another big-budget FX extravaganza, involving either the potential end of the world or woolly mammoths building the pyramids (see 10,00 B.C. – if you care to).

Anonymous is instead a historical thriller set some 400 years ago, near the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth (played by Vanessa Redgrave) and during the Essex rebellion led against her.  The film revolves around Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), the Earl of Oxford who – according to conspiracy theorists – was the real author of several works nowadays attributed to William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall).

Here is how Emmerich himself describes the film:

“It’s a mix of a lot of things: it’s a 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 labeled ‘William Shakespeare’.”

The pic also features supporting turns by Twilight stars Xavier Samuel and Jamie Campbell Bower, as well as Harry Potter actor David Thewlis and actress Joely Richardson (who played Queen Catherine on the cable TV period drama series The Tudors).

Emmerich normally has a hand in scripting his directorial efforts – for better or worse – though that will not be the case for the Anonymous screenplay.  That honor goes to John Orloff, who penned the script of the 2007 real-life drama A Mighty Heart and co-wrote this fall’s Legend of the Guardians.

There really is no other movie on Emmerich’s directorial resume that compares to Anonymous in terms of subject matter.  All of his previous films have generally been critical failures but done either respectable business at the box office or been blockbuster hits – however, they have involved aliens, monsters, and end of world scenarios, rather than historical/political conflicts.

Will audiences embrace Anonymous?  Best to hold off on figuring that out until the film has a trailer out.

Source: Exhibitor Relations (via Collider)

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  1. I heard somewhere that 2012 would be his last disaster movie so he went out with a bang and did the end of the world lol. But i heard there making sequals to ID4 so I dunno how accurate that is.

    • but 2012 isn’t really “the end of the world” is it… at least, not like Knowing.

  2. Rhys Ifans will play Zenophilius Lovegood in the next Harry Potter movie, whick i look forward to, the only other thing he was in that i would recognize him would be Adian from Little Nicky

    David Thewlis plays Remis Lupin

    And Jamie Campbell Bower, for those who didnt see twilight, was Anthony in Sweeney Todd

  3. Ugh.
    I wish the illiterates would lay off the “Shakespeare conspiracy” bull.
    William Shakespeare wrote the plays. No one ghost wrote them. And there are no valid arguments to support such a stupid idea.

    • Actually in all fairness Shakespeare did use several ideas from other plays, notably Amleth, about a prince whose father’s ghost tells of his brother murdering him, and is set in Norway, and is almost exactly the same as Hamlet. But that’s hardly the point, copying lesser known works still goes on today, its called Hollywood remakes!

      But you’re right there certainly were no conspiracies regarding Shakespeare and stupid films like this are only going to fuel the theorists, and give the general public a dim false view of the greatest playwrite of all time.

  4. As long as Emmerich’s blows up the Globe Theater, I’m sold.

    • Seriously. I’m not watching unless some building are destroyed.

      • or unless Marlowe or Bacon use an I-mac to install a virus in the Globe Theater to blow it up….

        • I’m going with the Giant Shakespeare. London gets stomped, The wizard Marlowe aka “Doctor Faustus” and a zombie Leonardo da Vinci finally drive the Shakespeare creature towards the Globe where they blow it to pieces using a combination of sorcery and gunpowder. The Complete Works are written by Guy Fawkes, who hasn’t got anything better to do with himself now…

          • but they DO use a computer virus at SOME point, yes?

            • Verily, good sir, ’twill be a cyberous affliction of the vapours, as administer’d by Darke Teknolojies. :-)

  5. I Believe Shakespeare Wrote the plays too.
    But i dont mind spending a couple of hours with Emmerichs Shakesperean Fantasy.
    Because its Emmerich nobodys going to take it seriously anyway.

  6. What is id4?

  7. I believe he meant Independence Day.

  8. “however, they have involved aliens, monsters, and end of world scenarios, rather than historical/political conflicts.” – Umm, he also directed THE PATRIOT.

    • well, most of THAT was pure fiction too, no?

      • True, like most movies based on historical events, there is a lot of fiction added. I just thought it was funny that it wasn’t even mentioned especially when compared to the quote that I pulled from the article. :)

  9. Just saw the teaser for this film on a different site. People, it looks incredible. Who would have thought Emmerich could pull something like that off. I think I underestimated the master of disaster. He’s so visual, I think this might be a really cool and stunning film. Let’s wait and see… I’m excited.