'Firebrand' Cannes review by 'The Film Verdict'

As the premiere image of Jude Law as Henry VIII is released to the public, TFV's Deborah Young reviews 'Firebrand', the first film In Competition, as well as the English-language debut for Algerian-Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz.
'Firebrand' Cannes review by 'The Film Verdict'

The first image has been released of Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts, The Nest) as Henry VIII in Firebrand. Academy award-winner Alicia Vikander plays Katherine Parr, the last of Henry’s six wives, alongside a cast of Erin Doherty (The Crown, Chloe) as Anne Askew, Simon Russell Beale (Operation Mincemeat, Benediction) as Bishop Stephen Gardiner and Sam Riley (Rebecca, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) and Eddie Marsan (The Gentlemen, Vice) as Thomas and Edward Seymour, respectively. Further cast includes Ruby Bentall (Poldark), Bryony Hannah (Call The Midwife) and Maia Jemmett. Olivier award-winning Patsy Ferran will play Princess Mary and Junia Rees will make her acting debut as Princess Elizabeth.

Jude Law and Alicia Vikander in 'Firebrand', photo by Larry D. Horricks

The film is the English-language debut of Karim Aïnouz (Invisible Life, Mariner of the Mountains) and is produced by Gabrielle Tana (The Dig)of Brouhaha Entertainment and written by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Killing Eve).

Deborah Young, editor of TFV, as well as a beloved reviewer on the site, says the film benefits from "bold visuals and a fine cast [that] raise the appeal of Brazilian auteur Karim Aïnouz’s first time in Cannes competition."

Read the full review on The Film Verdict.

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