Netflix said the film, starring Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell, will reveal "the story of the women who secured the scoop of the decade" this April
On Tuesday, the streamer debuted the teaser for the upcoming film starring Gillian Anderson as BBC Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis opposite Rufus Sewell as the Duke of York, announcing that Scoop will premiere on April 5.
“To get an interview this big, you have to be bold,” Netflix captioned the clip on X.
The trailer opened with Anderson in character as Maitlis walking onto a broadcast set, juxtaposed with Billie Piper portraying Sam McAlister, the producer who negotiated Prince Andrew's booking, moving through a newsroom. The camera cut to the exterior of Buckingham Palace, and Rufus Sewell walking through royal rooms in character as Prince Andrew.
"This is the story, the only story. I want it for us," a voice said as the footage rolled.
To get an interview this big, you have to be bold.
Inspired by Prince Andrew's infamous Newsnight interview comes a new film starring Gillian Anderson, Keeley Hawes, Billie Piper and Rufus Sewell. Scoop premieres April 5. pic.twitter.com/f67EDmX7mt
— Netflix (@netflix) February 12, 2024
To the tune of dramatic music, the trailer cuts to Piper as McAlister making her way through the palace gates. Another voice said, "Thursday, 2 p.m., the palace. Two chairs in the middle of the floor, six feet apart," another voice echoed, as that setup was organized.
The teaser imagined the producer walking in on Maitlis doing her makeup, and the anchor deeply sighed.
"Based on the memoir of an insider," text flashed across the screen, as the teaser cut to McAlister and Keeley Hawes, who portrays Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew's private secretary at the time, seemingly sharing a glance behind the scenes of the interview set as an operator got a camera in place. “One interview can change everything,” the text continued.
The music hit a climax as the footage flashed to imagine Maitlis and Andrew getting settled in their seats for the interview, with shifting from Sewell.
“Your Royal Highness,” Anderson began.
The upcoming film is based on McAlister’s real-life memoir, Scoops: Behind the Scenes of the BBC's Most Shocking Interviews, and Netflix said the movie will reveal “the story of the women who secured the scoop of the decade.”
The trailer debuts one year after Netflix announced that Scoop was in the works. The drama is directed by Philip Martin, a British television director and screenwriter who worked on The Crown — and he’s not the only alumni. Anderson, 55, won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of The Crown, which starred Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth.
“I want to put the audience inside the breathtaking sequence of events that led to the interview with Prince Andrew — to tell a story about a search for answers, in a world of speculation and varying recollections,” Martin said in a statement to Netflix about his vision for Scoop. “It’s a film about power, privilege, and differing perspectives and how — whether in glittering palaces or high-tech newsrooms — we judge what’s true.”
In November 2019, Prince Andrew sat with Maitlis for a Newsnight interview recorded inside the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of York, now 63, opened up about his links to Epstein for the first time, speaking out about his relationship with the disgraced millionaire and allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre) when she was 17.
In the sit-down, Prince Andrew said he had “no recollection of ever meeting" Giuffre. When Maitlis raised the issue of a photo showing the royal with his arm around Giuffre's waist, he claimed, "I have absolutely no memory of that photograph ever being taken."
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Soon after "Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview" aired, the Duke of York released a statement announcing his decision to "step back from public duties." He was stripped of his military titles and patronages by Queen Elizabeth in January 2022 amid Giuffre's civil sexual assault lawsuit, in which she alleged she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with the royal on three occasions between 1999 and 2002 when she was a teenager. An out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount was reached in February.
Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing. Though he is no longer a working royal, he has continued to step out with his family for events like Christmas and Easter, as well as the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022 and the coronation of King Charles in May 2023.
Scoop isn’t the only Newsnight-inspired feature in the works. Last November, Variety reported that Amazon is at work on a limited series titled A Very Royal Scandal about the “disastrous interview.” The upcoming series stars Michael Sheen as Prince Andrew and Ruth Wilson as Emily Maitlis, with Amazon yet to reveal a release date.
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