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Erin Doherty joins ‘Firebrand’

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Erin Doherty has joined the cast of ‘Firebrand’.

The 29-year-old actress – who played Princess Anne in ‘The Crown’ – will play Protestant martyr Anne Askew, a woman who was tortured and burned at the stake in the Tower of London, in the new film.

Filming for the psychological thriller will begin next month. The film explores the troubled relationship between Henry VIII (Jude Law) and his sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr (Alicia Vikander). One of the project’s stories revolves around Henry’s adviser, Stephen Gardiner (Simon Russell Beale), and his brutal interrogation of Askew to get her to name dissidents to destroy Parr. Despite the horrific torture that continued, Askew refused to reveal the names. Michelle Williams was initially going to play Parr, but she canceled the project due to personal reasons. Written by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth, the screenplay is based on the novel ‘Queen’s Gambit’. Producer Gabrielle Tana changed the title to avoid confusion with the hit Netflix series. The film is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz and is his first film in English. Ainouz said in a statement: “I couldn’t be more excited to bring to the screens the untold story of Katherine Parr, an incredibly brilliant woman who inspires me deeply and who has been largely unseen or certainly under-represented in English history.” . The tyrannical rule of Henry VIII and those who died and suffered at his hands are known, but I focus here on a woman who managed not only to survive but also to thrive.”

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