Amazon is making a limited series about Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview with Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis, Variety has learned.
Production is underway in the U.K. on the three-part series, titled “A Very Royal Scandal.” Michael Sheen will star as Prince Andrew, while Ruth Wilson will play Maitlis.
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According to the official description, the series will follow “Emily Maitlis’ professional and personal journey as a Newsnight journalist, leading up to her acclaimed interview with Prince Andrew.”
Along with Sheen and Wilson, the series will star Joanna Scanlan (“After Love,” “Notes on a Scandal”) as Amanda Thirsk, Alex Jennings (“Your Christmas or Mine?”) as Sir Edward Young, and Éanna Hardwicke (“The Sixth Commandment”) as Stewart Maclean.
The series follows on Amazon’s past successes with “A Very English Scandal” starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw and “A Very British Scandal” starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany.
Jeremy Brock is writing “A Very Royal Scandal” with Julian Jarrold directing. The new series is produced by Blueprint Television for Amazon MGM Studios, and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television. Karen Thrussell, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown, Jeremy Brock, Jarrold, and Maitlis herself serve as executive producers. Josh Hyams serves as a producer on the series.
The series is the latest Amazon production in which Sheen will star, as the renowned Welsh actor currently stars in the Amazon Prime Video series “Good Omens,” which recently aired its second season. Sheen is also known for roles in shows like “Prodigal Son,” “Quiz,” and “Masters of Sex,” as well as films like “Frost/Nixon” (about another infamous TV interview), “The Queen,” and both the “Underworld” and “Twilight” franchises.
He is repped by CAA, Roxane Vacca Management, LINK, and Schreck Rose.
Wilson is probably best known to American audiences for her role in the Showtime drama series “The Affair.” Her other TV roles include “Luther,” “His Dark Materials,” and the 2006 “Jane Eyre” miniseries, while her film credits include “Saving Mr. Banks” and “See How They Run.”
She is repped by CAA, Hamilton Hodell, Untitled Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen.
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