Gillian Anderson has been cast as newscaster Emily Maitlis in a new Netflix movie about the infamous Prince Andrew interview.
The 2019 Newsnight special will be dramatized on SCOOP, which will focus on the women who made the interview possible.
The Man in the High Castle’s Rufus Sewell will play Prince Andrew, with Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes as former royal private secretary Amanda Thirsk and Doctor Who’s Billie Piper as Sam McAlister, the producer who secured the hire.
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According to the synopsis, SCOOP will look at “the insider trajectory of the women who stormed the Buckingham Palace establishment to secure the scoop of the decade that led to the catastrophic fall from grace of the Queen’s ‘favourite son’.”
The synopsis continues: “From navigating the Palace bans to reaching Prince Andrew’s inner circle, the high-stakes negotiations and intensity of rehearsals, to the jaw-dropping interview itself.
“SCOOP is the insider’s account of the inner workings of the Palace and the BBC, twin bastions of the British establishment, spotlighting the journalists whose tenacity and grit broke through the highest ceilings and into the inner sanctum and calculations of one man with everything. lose.”
The interview, in which Prince Andrew was questioned in detail by Maitlis about reports of his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the allegations made against him by Virginia Giuffre, was widely talked about when it aired.
The negative reception and widespread criticism of what he said in the interview preceded the Duke of York’s withdrawal from public life.
The film is based on former Newsnight producer McAlister’s memoir Scoops: Behind The Scenes of the BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews, with The Crown’s Philip Martin directing.
“It is beyond my wildest dreams, especially as a first-time writer, to end up working with this extraordinary cast, Netflix and the incredible teams at The Lighthouse and Voltage,” said McAlister.
“Watching Billie Piper, one of my favorite actresses, play ‘me’ is going to be a pinch moment and I’m really excited to be in this movie.”
SCOOP is now in production and will stream on Netflix.
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