Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson to star in movie about Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview | Motion pictures

Rufus Sewell will play Prince Andrew in Netflix drama Scoop.

Rufus Sewell is to star within the eagerly awaited drama fictionalising Prince Andrew’s notorious interview on the BBC’s flagship present affairs present, Newsnight.

The movie, which begins capturing in London this month, may even function Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis, the then-lead presenter on the present, who performed the interview, broadly perceived to be a outstanding coup for the programme and an ill-advised transfer by the prince.

Billie Piper will star as Sam McAlister, the producer who secured and oversaw the interview, and who wrote the e book – Scoops: Behind the Scenes of the BBC’s Most Stunning Interviews – on which the movie relies. In the meantime, Keeley Hawes will play Amanda Thirsk, former personal secretary to Prince Andrew.

Rufus Sewell will play Prince Andrew in Netflix drama Scoop.
Rufus Sewell will play Prince Andrew in Netflix drama Scoop. {Photograph}: Andrew H Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

Within the interview, broadcast in November 2019, Prince Andrew sought to clear himself of wrongdoing linked to his affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein, who had been discovered useless in his jail cell three months earlier than.

Maitlis examined the connection between the royal and the convicted offender, in addition to his affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s at present serving a 20-year sentence for intercourse trafficking.

The prince expressed remorse within the interview about his continued affiliation with Epstein after the financier’s 2008 admission of soliciting underage intercourse. However he mentioned he didn’t remorse the friendship itself because it led to connections which had been “really very helpful”.

He additionally provided no apology to the victims of Epstein’s crimes and made a variety of statements protesting his personal innocence over claims made by Virginia Giuffre that she was compelled to have intercourse with him when she was 17.

These included his denial that that they had had intercourse in 2001 saying he had been at Pizza Categorical in Woking that night, and that Giuffre’s claims about dancing with him at a membership in London whereas he was sweaty had been false as he had quickly misplaced the flexibility to sweat after an “adrenaline overdose” through the Falklands struggle.

Gillian Anderson will play Emily Maitlis.
Gillian Anderson will play Emily Maitlis. {Photograph}: Ian West/PA

Prince Andrew has largely disappeared from public life for the reason that interview, however efforts to revive his fame proceed. Final month, the Sunday Telegraph printed a staged {photograph} of two folks, carrying masks of Prince Andrew and Giuffre, in a shower at Maxwell’s residence, in an obvious try and discredit the latter’s allegations.

Scoop is a Netflix manufacturing, initially introduced final autumn, when Hugh Grant was linked to the function of Prince Andrew – to the obvious shock of his representatives. McAlister’s e book has been tailored by Peter Moffat, whose earlier credit embody the Bryan Cranston collection Your Honor and the 2004 movie Hawking, which received popularity of star Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Hawking.

Philip Martin, who has beforehand directed Anderson in The Crown, will direct. In an announcement launched on Tuesday, he mentioned: “Uptempo, immersive and cinematic, I wish to put the viewers contained in the breathtaking sequence of occasions that led to the interview with Prince Andrew – to inform a narrative a few seek for solutions, in a world of hypothesis and ranging recollections. It’s a movie about energy, privilege and differing views and the way – whether or not in glittering palaces or hi-tech newsrooms – we decide what’s true.”