The new series will go against the traditional style of historical drama by presenting the story as a psychological thriller that examines the final months of the Tudor Queen’s life from her perspective.
The production, written by newcomer Eve Hedderwick Turner, will “shed” a feminist light “on Anne Boleyn’s struggle for survival in the oppressive patriarchal society of Tudor England and the brutal consequences of her failure to provide Henry VIII with a male heir.
The cast also includes Paapa Essiedu from I May Destroy, Thalissa Teixeira from Trigonometry, Amanda Burton from White House Farm, Des-actor Barry Ward and Hamilton Jamael Westman from West End.
Directed by BAFTA award-winning director Lynsey Miller, whose credits include The Boy with the Topknot, Doing Money and Deadwater Fell.
When Turner-Smith took the lead, he said in a statement: “I am delighted to be working with these exciting filmmakers to bring the story of one of the most controversial queens in history to the screen. Eve’s scripts delved into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths as they examined her fatal flaws and weaknesses and immediately caught my imagination.
“In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and savage mother is viewed as a deeply human story that is so timely to this day. I look forward to putting my heart and mind into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman. ”
Faye Ward & Hannah Farrell, Creative Directors of Fable Pictures added, “Eva’s drama challenges all the conventions we believe Anne Boleyn was and casts a feminist light on her story. We are absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to embody Anne’s determination to be equal among men and pave a way for her daughter.
“We believe history has pushed the voice of this ambitious queen into the background in favor of the men who overthrew her, and that Lynsey Miller’s beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne’s gaze at the center of the play.”
Anne Boleyn is produced by Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell via her London-based outfit, Fable Pictures. The show was commissioned by Channel 5 controller Ben Frow and Assistant Program Director Sebastian Cardwell, and SPT President for International Production Wayne Garvie. Renowned historian Dan Jones will serve as executive producer.
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