Michelle Williams will star as Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England, in the English-language debut of Karim Aïnouz called Firebrand.
The film is set to start shooting in the United Kingdom in early 2022. No further casting has yet been confirmed.
“I could not be more excited to be bringing the undiscovered story of Katherine Parr to the screen, a ferociously brilliant woman who I am inspired by deeply and has been largely invisible, or certainly under-represented in English history,” Aïnouz said. “Much is known about Henry VIII’s tyrannical reign and those who perished and suffered at his hands, but my focus here is on a woman who not only managed to survive but also, to thrive. This is a reimagining of a ‘period’ film, a psychological horror film set in the Tudor court; a story of intrigue, agency and survival. Having Michelle Williams portray this remarkable woman, an actress of immeasurable talent and passion, is a dream come true.”
The film is based on the novel Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle but was renamed following the Netflix series by the same name.