Alicia Vikander © Rune Hellestad
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Jude Law and Alicia Vikander have descended to Cannes to present their latest film by BAFTA-winning Brazilian producer Karim Aïnouz.

 

Jude Law, Karim Aïnouz, Alicia Vikander at the photo call of Fireband © Rune Hellestad
Jude Law, Karim Aïnouz, Alicia Vikander at the photo call of Fireband © Rune Hellestad

Oscar-winner Vikander stars in “Firebrand” as Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of the brutal king, as she tries to outmaneuver and outlast the barely recognizable Law. The film, adapted from the 2013 novel “Queen’s Gambit” by Elizabeth Fremantle, takes place in blood-soaked Tudor England as Parr is named Regent while the tyrannical Henry is fighting overseas. When the increasingly ailing and paranoid monarch returns, he turns his fury on the radicals and charges his wife’s childhood friend with treason and burns her at the stake. Horrified and grieving but forced to deny it, Katherine finds herself fighting for her own survival, terrified that she will end up beheaded like some of Henry’s prior wives.

Alicia Vikander © Rune Hellestad
Alicia Vikander © Rune Hellestad

During the press conference in Cannes, the actress admitted that it was an amazing experience to read Katherine Parr’s published books and “hear her voice from 500 years ago”.

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Speaking of his character, Jude Law empathised how he ‘could understand’ his character; all the layers to him and how he was abused as a child: “to be separated from family and brought up under guard to be a king. And to be fed the lies that you are only second to God – what does that do to someone! To add to this the paranoia of the time and the physical frailty he was carrying and all of a sudden he becomes an empathetic person to me. I felt like I could understand him”.

The Fireband has already sold internationally. Prime Video picked up the royal drama in a handful of territories, including the United Kingdom so keep your eyes peeled!

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