Netflix gives a look at Gillian Anderson’s transformation into BBC Newsnight‘s Emily Maitlis in the first teaser for its upcoming film Scoop.
Anderson stars alongside Rufus Sewell, Billie Piper and Keely Hawes in the upcoming film, which provides a behind-the-scenes look into how the November 2019 Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew about his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein came to be.
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“This is the story. The only story. I want it for us,” Maitlis tells the news program’s producer Sam McAlister (Piper) after the women uncover details about the Duke of York’s alleged involvement in Epstein’s scandal. Once the interview is secured, McAlister shares the details in a voiceover: “Thursday, 2 p.m., the palace. Two chairs in the middle of the floor, six feet apart.”
Shortly before her bombshell chat with Prince Andrew, Maitlis nervously touches up her makeup a bathroom at Buckingham Palace alongside McAlister. When the interview begins, the Prince (Sewell) fidgets in his seat.
The official synopsis for the film reads: “Inspired by real events, Scoop is the inside account of the tenacious journalism that landed an earth shattering interview — Prince Andrew’s (played by Rufus Sewell) infamous BBC Newsnight appearance. From the tension of producer Sam McAlister’s (played by Billie Piper) high stakes negotiations with Buckingham Palace, all the way to Emily Maitlis’ (played by Gillian Anderson) jaw dropping, forensic showdown with the Prince, Scoop takes us inside the story, with the women who would stop at nothing to get it.”
Prince Andrew stepped down from his royal duties shortly after the interview aired.
The Crown director Philip Martin helmed the film, which was co-written by Peter Moffatt and Geoff Bussetil. It was produced by Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville for The Lighthouse Film & TV and executive produced by McAlister and Sanjay SInghal for Voltage TV.
Scoop hits Netflix on April 5.
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