Who could play Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis in the upcoming film about the unforgettable BBC Newsnight interview?
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 16
Who could play Emily Maitlis and Prince Andrew in upcoming film? (Picture: Getty Images/Reuters)

Never has a been so contentious or been a national talking point.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that on the BBC is , as confirmed by Deadline.

Based on former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister’s book Scoops: Behind the Scenes of the BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews, the upcoming movie will focus on how landed their explosive chat

Scoop will also reportedly delve into the Queen’s third eldest child’s friendship with , which had largely been the subject of the 2019 interview with .

Prince Andrew, 62, has always vehemently denied all allegations against him. 

A big behind-the-scenes name is already attached to the project –, who will write the script – but no actors have been named.

We thought we’d give casting directors a hand while they’re deciding who to audition – and do their job for them.

Here are the stars we believe would turn in incredible performance as Prince Andrew and Emily.

Who could play Prince Andrew?

Timothy Spall

Timothy would excel as Prince Andrew (Picture: Rex/Getty)

could try his hand at any role, but we reckon he would be exceptional as Prince Andrew.

The 65-year-old has plenty of experience playing dodgy characters, perhaps most notably in where as Wormtail (also known as Peter Pettigrew) betrayed James and Lily Potter.

It would also not be the first time he’s been in a project about the Royal family, as last year he was

Michael Sheen

Michael could show off his acting chops as Prince Andrew (Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

has built his stellar reputation on playing real-life figures, from David Frost to Tony Blair, so why not add Prince Andrew to his repertoire?

As a RADA-trained actor, the 53-year-old’s also been in plenty of Shakespeare, including the iconic role of Hamlet at the Young Vic – so he’s definitely more than capable of portraying all the twists and turns of the interview. 

Let’s not forget Michael the ITV adaptation of the coughing Scan**l He can really do anything.

Russell Crowe

Playing Prince Andrew would be no sweat of Russell’s back (Picture: John Angelillo/UPI/REX/Shutterstock)

Ok, so, (particularly in his Gladiator days) may not be the first thesp to spring to mind when you think of awkward Prince Andrew, but hear us out.

The 58-year-old has incredible range – jumping from s to musical drama – and let’s not forget the magic of prosthetics.

It would be great role to add to his CV following star turns in A Beautiful Mind and LA Confidential.

Hugh Grant

Hugh may have shut down rumours but we want them to be true (Picture: PA Media on behalf of So TV/PA Wire)

may have dashed all of our dreams when announcing on Twitter he’d ‘never heard of’ Scoop after his name was first rumoured – before going on to

But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t start discussions sharpish, right?

The film would be the perfect addition to , which has seen the 61-year-old pivot away from playing charismatic romantic leads in the likes of Notting Hill to portraying villains in shows like The Undoing. 

Who could play Emily Matilis?

Rosamund Pike

Roasmund would be a great Emily (Picture: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

has a knack of completely transforming herself for a part, with even friends of , whom she played in film A Private War, calling the performance uncanny.

As well as looking a bit like Emily, Rosamund has experience playing fiercely intelligent and inscrutable women, even pulling one over

Plus, if you need someone to deliver an electrifying perfomance, look no further than Rosamund playing a charismatic yet ruthless conwoman in I Care A Lot.

Gillian Anderson

Gillian could really channel Emily (Picture: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

who played Maragaret Thatcher in could totally channel Emily’s cool.

To really get to the heart of Emily’s talents as a broadcaster, Gillian would also need to be forensic and unflappable, which she would find a breeze after playing a murder detective in The Fall.

In fact, the X-Files actress is so great at playing British women, among them sex therapist Jean in , it’s easy to forget she’s American.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole could ice out Prince Andrew (Picture: Best Image/Backgrid)

Would the part of Emily earn , who already has an Oscar, Emmys and Golden Globes in her trophy cabinet, another gong?

Nicole, who is married to has also played several writers and journalists, such as Virigina Woolf in The Hours and war reporter Martha Gellhorn in Hemingway & Gellhorn.

We think she has the perfect icy glare as to stare down Prince Andrew. 

Charlize Theron

Charlize is surely in the running to play Emily (Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

was completely unrecognisable in her mindblowing performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, so, to be honest, she’s probably a contender for Prince Andrew as well. 

The 46-year-old has made a name for herself playing powerful and frankly badass women, including in Mad Max: Fury Road and Fast & Furious 9.

And this wouldn’t even be the first thorny journalist role she’s played after winning acclaim a film about sexual harrassment at Fox News.