netflix revealed that he threw Gillian Anderson to play former BBC news presenter Emily Maitlis in ‘Scoop’, a film about Prince AndrewIt is Disastrous “Newsnight” interview in 2019.
The disgraced king will be played by Rufus Sewell (“Old”) while Billie Piper (“I Hate Suzie”) and Keeley Hawes (“Stonehouse) join TV producer Sam McAlister, who brokered and secured the interview, and Andrew’s former private secretary, respectively. , Amanda Thirsk.
“Scoop” is adapted from McAlister’s book “Scoops: Behind The Scenes of the BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews”, in which she details what happened behind the scenes of the interview, which is widely recognized as the last nail in the coffin of Andrew’s public role. Following its broadcast, in November 2019 he was effectively banned from appearing at public events with the royal family (except those where he could appear in a private capacity, such as the funeral of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II in September latter), stripped of many of his patronages and roles and prohibited from using the honorary title “His Royal Highness”.
Emmy and BAFTA winner Philip Martin (“The Crown”) will direct the project while Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville will produce for The Lighthouse and Sanjay Singhal will produce for Voltage TV.
“The inside track of the women who pierced the Buckingham Palace establishment to get the scoop of the decade that led to the catastrophic fall from grace of the Queen’s ‘favorite son’,” reads the logline. “From navigating palace vetoes to breaking into Prince Andrew’s inner circle, high-stakes negotiations and intense rehearsal – to the jaw-dropping interview itself.”
In the interview, which Andrew says took place long before it aired, the prince sought to clear his name following his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and accusations of sexual assault, which had been brought against him by one of the Epsteins. victims, Virginie Guiffre. (The case was later settled amicably).
Instead, British viewers watched in horror as the prince expressed no remorse for his friendship with Epstein, which continued even after the financier’s conviction, his sympathy for the victims or an adequate explanation of the reason for which he continued to associate with him.
“It’s beyond my wildest dreams, especially as a debut writer, to end up working with this amazing cast, Netflix, and the amazing teams at The Lighthouse and Voltage,” McAlister said. “Watching Billie Piper, one of my favorite actresses, play ‘me’ will be a pinch moment for me and I’m so thrilled to be involved in this film.”
Martin adds, “I am thrilled to direct this film for Netflix and – with an amazing cast – to bring Sam McAlister’s revealing insider tale to the screen. Uptempo, immersive and cinematic, I want to immerse the audience in the breathtaking sequence of events leading up to the interview with Prince Andrew – to tell a story about a search for answers, in a world of speculation and various memories. It’s a film about power, privilege and different perspectives and how – whether in gleaming palaces or high-tech newsrooms – we judge what is true.
McAlister’s former “Newsnight” colleague Emily Maitlis is also reportedly working on a screen adaptation of the interview with Blueprint Pictures.