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Karen Gillan as Mary Tudor in director Guy Jenkin’s historical comedy FOOLS

Karen Gillanbest known for playing nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Universe, has taken on the role of Mary Tudor in the upcoming period comedy Fools. The film will tell the story of the monarch’s friendship with his court jester. Patsy Ferran (Warm milk) will play the jester in the little-known historical tale. BAFTA and Emmy award-winning writer Guy Jenkins (Outnumbered) will direct from his own screenplay.

Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and lies) will also be the protagonist, as will be Jim Broadent (Moulin Rouge), who plays a scheming cardinal.

The film is set in 1553. The first queen of England, Mary I, ascends the throne. The country is on the brink of chaos and the ambitious Cardinal Pole plots to ensure control. He has overlooked, however, a humble court jester. The pious and seemingly humorless queen finds solace in her brilliant slapstick routines and they form an unlikely friendship.

Jenkin said of the project:

“I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented group of actors Fools. Together we will tell the untold story of the strange friendship between the first queen of England and her jester. Fools will shake up the conventions of a historical film and promises to be subversive, surprising and very funny.

The cameras will start rolling later this year. Ryan Bennett of PaperEpic Productions will produce. Altitude Film Sales will handle international sales, starting with the European Film Market. He is co-representing North America with UTA.

via: Deadline

by Jessica Fisher
Source: Geek Tyrant

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