At the 76th Cannes Film Festival, the world premiere of the film about Henry VIII “The Instigator” (in the original – Firebrand), starring Jude Law and Alicia Vikander, took place. The historical drama was greeted with an eight-minute standing ovation.
At the center of the plot of The Instigator is Catherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. The couple was played by Lowe and Vikander. Parr is portrayed in the film as “a feminist force to be reckoned with as she outlived the infamous king,” Deadline notes. She becomes regent for a king who fights against the foreigner and has done everything possible to promote a new future based on her radical Protestant beliefs.
The film was directed by Kareem Ainous, who took a script from Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth. This isn’t Ainous’s first appearance at Cannes: his film The Invisible Life won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2019 festival, and two years later, The Marine premiered at Cannes.
Previously known performers of the main roles of the new thriller directed by Ron Howard Origin of Species became known. Jude Law, Ana de Armas, Alicia Vikander and Daniel Brühl will appear in the film.