"Anonymous" looks at the subject of Shakespeare authorship

Ronald Emmerich, who directed such major films as 2012 and Independence Day, will take on a less earth-shaking project with his new project Anonymous. The film will investigate whether Edward de Vere was the real author of Shakespeare's plays.

The movie will star Rhys Ifans as De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, and David Thewlis as his father-in-law, William Cecil, chief adviser to Queen Elizabeth I and twice Secretary of State.Vanessa Redgrave is scheduled to play Elizabeth.