Alicia Vikander and Jude Law on ‘Firebrand’ focusing on Katherine Parr

Alicia Vikander and Jude Law came to the Tribeca Festival Tuesday night for the premiere of their upcoming film, Brandon.

The new take on the life of Henry VIII and his six wives focuses on his final wife, Katherine Parr, who is appointed regent while the king fights abroad. When he returns sick and paranoid and his court strives to turn him against Katherine, she finds herself fighting for survival.

Law, who plays the notorious king in Karim Aïnouz’s film, was particularly interested in the “ramshackle and regrettable disintegration of that era, once great man”, who took a very dark path.

“And then also the very simple fact that [Aïnouz] shifted the focus to Katherine,” the Oscar-nominated actor said. The Hollywood Reporter. “So Henry was an actor in a great woman’s story. He dominated the narrative of these six women for 500 years, and he was trying to take over the narrative a little bit and have it play a supporting role in his wife’s story.

Vikander, taking on the role of Katherine, revealed that she was embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know more about the king’s latest wife other than that.

“She was actually one of the first women to be published under her own name,” The Danish girl The Oscar winner said THR. “She was obviously a survivor of Henry VIII, and she outlived him. She was a woman and I thought it was important that we tell her story.

Brandon Law and Vikander reunited for the first time since they worked together on Anna Karenina, which was the Swedish actress’ first English-language film. They looked back fondly on their time on the two sets, with the tomb Raider star sharing that the Fantastic Beasts The actor “gave me confidence” on the 2012 film.

“We got along really well back then,” Law said of his working relationship with his co-star. “We struck a chord very quickly and I think we both felt safe very, very quickly. And we both wanted to push the limits [with Firebrand], feel safe and really enjoy it. She was a very good partner to work with.

Aïnouz explained that he was passionate about the film because he felt like there were so many films about the king and the wives he killed or exiled but almost none about his wife who survived. So he thought it was important to celebrate Katherine and who she was outside of Henry’s wife, as an “incredible writer” and an “incredible stateswoman”.

The Brazilian director also noted that he liked the fact that both characters were so strong and “larger than life”, which he found exciting. He was particularly proud of the way the two actors took on the roles of Katherine and Henry.

“It was a dream,” said Aïnouz THR. “I think there was something about the way Alicia brings mystery to this character that I find so important. [Katherine Parr was] still sailing…

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