Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith has been cast as the iconic historical figure, Anne Boleyn, in a new drama series.
Tudor Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England between 1533-1536, after marrying King Henry VIII in his second marriage, before she was executed for treason.
The three-part retelling of the classic period tale is set to air on Channel 5 and will star a number of big names including Amanda Burton, Paapa Essiedu, Barry Ward and Jamael Westman.
Speaking about her upcoming role, Jodie said, “I am so excited to join these exciting filmmakers in bringing the story of one of history’s most controversial queens to the screen. Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination.”
“In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today. I look forward to bringing my heart and spirit into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman.”
Ben Frow, Channel 5’s controller, went on to add that the project was too “irresistible” to say no to, “It is no secret that I’m a huge Anne Boleyn fan and we know she’s a proven success as a subject with factual and film audiences. This project re-frames her story as a propulsive psychological thriller, told from a new perspective, with top talent like Jodie Turner-Smith attached. It was simply too irresistible to say no to and I’m very excited to see the finished product.”