Michelle Williams is set to take on the role of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives in Karim Aïnouz’s ‘Firebrand.’
Filmmaker Aïnouz will make his English Language debut with the project which is set to begin production in the UK in early 2022.
“I could not be more excited to be bringing the undiscovered story of Katherine Parr to the screen, a ferociously brilliant woman who I am inspired by deeply and has been largely invisible, or certainly under-represented in English history. Much is known about Henry VIII’s tyrannical reign, and those who perished and suffered at his hands, but my focus here is on a woman who not only managed to survive but also, to thrive. This is a reimagining of a “period” film, a psychological horror film set in the Tudor court; a story of intrigue, agency and survival. Having Michelle Williams portray this remarkable woman, an actress of immeasurable talent and passion, is a dream come true.” Aïnouz commented.
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Penned by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Killing Eve), Gabrielle Tana (The Dig) of Magnolia Mae Films will produce.
Aïnouz’s ‘Mariner of The Mountains’ premieres in Cannes as a Special Screening this Friday (July 9). His recent films include ‘Invisible Life’, which won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2019 and documentary ‘Central Airport THF’, about Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport, which won the Amnesty International award at the Berlinale in 2018.