Anonymous is a film about the question as to whether William Shakespeare actually wrote his plays. Was it someone else? Even I was enlightened about this theory in English class in high school and in college. It is probably something that will never be solved, but it sure makes for a great film. I am a sucker for anything set in this time period. The cast includes Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave (who has since passed away), Joely Richardson (Redgrave’s niece), David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Derek Jacobi. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich (2012, 10,000 B.C.).
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 is in theatres September 30, 2011.