Alicia Vikander has joined the cast of the psychological Tudor horror ‘Firebrand’ as principal photography gets underway.
Vikander replaces the previously announced Michelle Williams in the role of Henry VIII’s final wife Queen Katherine Parr. Law will play the role of the tyrannical Tudor King Henry the VIII.
The story will focus on Parr and her singular point-of-view of the psychological horror of living with a monster—and the remarkable will to not only survive but thrive. It will follow the last months of Katherine Parr’s survival as Queen of England, consequently the last months of Henry VIII’s life as King.
Having witnessed Henry disposing of his wives through death and divorce, not only did Parr have a secret agenda but had no assurances of a happy marriage; in fact, she had no assurances of surviving the marriage at all.
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Joining Vikander and Law are Erin Doherty (The Crown, Chloe) as Anne Askew, Simon Russell Beale (Operation Mincemeat, Benediction) as Bishop Stephen Gardiner and Sam Riley (Rebecca, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) and Eddie Marsan (The Gentlemen, Vice) who will play Thomas and Edward Seymour.
Further casting includes Ruby Bentall (Poldark), Bryony Hannah (Call The Midwife) and Maia Jemmett. Olivier award-winning Patsy Ferran will play Princess Mary and Junia Rees will make her acting debut as Princess Elizabeth.
The film marks the English-language debut of Karim Aïnouz and is produced by Gabrielle Tana (The Dig) of Brouhaha Entertainment and written by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Killing Eve).