Poster for Director Roland Emmerich's Shakespearean Thriller ANONYMOUS

Starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, the upcoming film poses the question 'Who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare?' Scheduled for theatrical release on September 30th, 2011.

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Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

Directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower and Derek Jacobi, Anonymous is scheduled for theatrical release on October 28th, 2011.