Rhys Ifans cast to play Earl of Oxford. Film maker Emmerich jumps on the de Vere bandwagon with his film Anonymous

Film maker Roland Emmerich jumps on the Edward de Vere bandwagon with his new film Anonymous. Rhys Ifans plays Earl of Oxford in William Shakespeare movie Anonymous. The film claims Edward de Vere of Oxford, is the true author of William Shakespeare's plays.

An online article quotes :

Emmerich explores the controversial theory that the famed playwright did not, in fact, write his own work. The belief is that the works credited to Shakespeare were actually written by Edward de Vere, of Oxford.

Rhys Ifans, who was recently cast in "Anonymous" as the Earl of Oxford, the man believed by some to be the real author of the works credited to Shakespeare. Ifans is excited about the gig, both because he'll work with Emmerich and he'll piss a lot of people off."

"It's a story that asks the question and goes a long way to answering it: the theory, conspiracy theory if you like, that William Shakespeare was not necessarily the author of all, if any, of his works," Ifans said of the basic plot. "So it will put a glorious [wrench] in... the English-speaking world of academia, which I have always endeavored to do, since I was a schoolchild."

The actor doesn't know all of Emmerich's plans; the actor playing Shakespeare, for example, remains unannounced. But he's glad that the role of the Bard doesn't belong to him.

"I'm not sure who's playing Shakespeare, but in the script he's kind of an illiterate drunk which is the part I obviously thought they had me in mind for actually," Ifans explained .........

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