IN A TIME WHEN A WOMAN’S DESTINY WAS DETERMINED BY HER FATHER, ONE SISTER FOLLOWED THE RULES. THE OTHER DEFIED THEM.
In 1520s England, Queen Catherine is unable to give Henry VIII (Eric Bana) a son and the King’s attention wanders to two beautiful sisters, the Boleyns (Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson)… The story of Anne Boleyn we’ve heard before, but this drama focuses on the alleged rivalry between the ambitious Anne and her much more timid sister Mary. We follow them as their family prepares to do whatever it takes to secure a place in the King’s court. The politics of those times were treated more successfully on The Tudors, but this is nevertheless engaging enough, with good performances.
2008-U.S. Britain. 114 min. Color. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Screenplay: Peter Morgan. Novel: Philippa Gregory. Cast: Natalie Portman (Anne Boleyn), Scarlett Johansson (Mary Boleyn), Eric Bana (Henry VIII), Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, David Morrissey… Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne.
Trivia: Keira Knightley was allegedly considered for a role. The story was also filmed for British TV in 2003.