Award-winning director Karim Aïnouz, was born to a Brazilian mother and an Algerian father, is direct Firebrand, a psychological horror set in Tudor times with a focus on Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, with Michelle Williams set to play Parr and Jude Law her volatile husband.
Launched by FilmNation and CAA Media Finance, the film is scripted by Jessica Ashworth (Killing Eve) and Henrietta Ashworth (Killing Eve). The film will start shooting in the UK in early 2022, with Aïnouz’ joined by regular cinematographer Helene Louvart, and reteamed with production designer Maria Djurkovic and costume designer Lisa Duncan.
Previously titled Queen’s Gambit (prior to the release of Netflix’s miniseries of the same name), Firebrand will focus on how Parr outlasted Henry VIII’s brutal reign and his reputation for getting rid of previous wives.
Aïnouz has said: “This is a reimagining of a ‘period’ film…a psychological horror film set in the Tudor court; a story of intrigue, agency and survival.”