Michelle Williams is to play English monarch Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Katharine Parr, in a brand fresh “psychological terror” film.
Firebrand, which is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz in his English-language debut, will inch into manufacturing in the U.K. in early 2022.
Written by Killing Eve scribes Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth, the movie will doc how Parr outlived Henry with out meeting the plain or undignified treatment of her predecessors, two of whom contain been beheaded, two who faced divorce, and one who died in childbirth.
In a assertion, Aïnouz said: “Having Michelle Williams painting this distinguished lady, an actress of immeasurable ability and ardour, is a dream reach right kind.”
He went on to explain that Katharine’s is a distinguished and underexplored story – one he’ll reimagine as a terror story.
“I would possibly perhaps well presumably now not be extra furious to be bringing the undiscovered story of Katherine Parr to the display conceal, a ferociously luminous lady who I am inspired by deeply and has been largely invisible, or certainly beneath-represented in English history,” he gushed.
“Grand is legendary about Henry VIII’s tyrannical reign, and individuals that perished and suffered at his fingers, but my center of attention right here is on a
lady who now not easiest managed to reside on, but furthermore, to thrive. This is a reimagining of a ‘length’ film, a psychological terror film dwelling in the Tudor courtroom; a story of intrigue, company and survival.”
Following Henry’s death Katharine remarried and for a time lived together with her stepdaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I. She modified into furthermore the principle lady to publish beneath her own title in English in England.
Aïnouz’s most fresh film, Mariner of The Mountains, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival as a Special Screening this Friday.