The film also stars Jude Law as Henry VIII.
Thanks to Deadline, we can take a first look at Alicia Vikander in Firebrandfilm in which the Oscar-winning actress will play the last of Henry VIII’s wives, played here by Jude Law.
The preview image shows Vikander dressed as a queen and looking less than happy to be in the position she is in. Considering the nature of Firebrand, it’s possible she’s looking directly at King Henry as she’s surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting, played by Ruby Bentall (The Serpent Queen) and Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife), as well as Maia Jemmett and Linnea Martinsson, both in their film debut.
Firebrand will be a cruel but necessary representation of how monarchs have repeatedly abused their self-proclaimed power to indulge their every whim. Henry VIII is one of the best examples, as he managed to marry six wives in an age when divorce was considered a sin, and to have at least two killed.
Although the famous nursery rhyme “divorced, beheaded and dead, divorced, beheaded and lived” suggests that Katherine escaped the tyranny of Henry VIII, still suffered quite a lot at the hands of the monarch.
Firebrand is based on the best-selling historical novel Queen’s Gambit by author Elizabeth Fremantle – the title has been changed to avoid confusion with Netflix’s hit series, The Chess Queen. If the film is successful, there will certainly be material for sequels, as the book is the first in a trilogy.
Michelle Williams and Jude Law stars in the psychological horror Firebrand
The screenplay was adapted by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Dixi, Killing Eve) and the film marks the first English-language project by acclaimed Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz.
The role of Vikander was originally to be played by Michelle Williams. Jude Law is now on Disney + with Peter Pan & Wendy, where he plays Captain Hook. Here our review.