Roland Emmerich To Debate The Authenticity Of Shakespeare Wednesday Night
It would seem that director Roland Emmerich is passionate about conspiracy theories. In 2009 the filmmaker directed 2012, a thriller that suggests that the 2012 Mayan Doomsday Prophecy is real. Two years later he's tackling the biggest conspiracy theory in the literary world, questioning if William Shakespeare wrote his own plays and poems. The movie, titled Anonymous, hits theaters late next month, but Emmerich isn't going to waste any time establishing his case.
Sony has announced that tomorrow night, at 8:15pm PST, Emmerich, executive producer/writer John Orloff and historian Charles Beauclerk are going to stage a live debate against UC Berkeley Professor Alan H. Nelson, the subject being the validity of Shakespeare's work. The whole thing will be broadcast live on the movie's official Facebook page, which you can find HERE. Paired with the announcement is a new TV spot for Anonymous, which you can check out below.
Whether you believe in the conspiracy or not, it will be interesting to hear Emmerich speak on the subject, as he must have done quite a bit of research in preparation for making the film. The question that's still up in the air is if the filmmaker actually believes the argument or if he's simply playing devil's advocate. Anonymous, which stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis and Joely Richardson, arrives in theaters on October 28th. For more about the film, including news, images, posters and trailers, be sure to head over to our Blend Film Database.
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