Gillian Anderson and Billie Piper to star in film telling inside story of Prince Andrew interview

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Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper and Rufus Sewell volition prima successful a Netflix movie based connected an wrong relationship of Prince Andrew's infamous 2019 Newsnight interview.

Scoop volition beryllium based connected chapters from erstwhile BBC shaper Sam McAlister's memoir connected however the explosive interview, successful which the royal spoke astir his relationship with convicted enactment offender Jeffrey Epstein, was secured.

The X Files and Sex Education prima Anderson volition play writer and presenter Emily Maitlis, portion Sewell volition play Andrew and Piper will represent McAlister.

Duke of York speaking astir  his links to Jeffrey Epstein successful  an interrogation  with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis

Keeley Hawes besides stars, playing Amanda Thirsk, the prince's backstage secretary.

After the announcement from Netflix, McAlister said: "Watching Billie Piper, 1 of my favourite actresses, play 'me' volition beryllium a pinch myself infinitesimal and I'm genuinely thrilled to beryllium progressive successful this film."

Emmy and BAFTA-winning manager Philip Martin (The Crown, Prime Suspect) said: "Up-tempo, immersive and cinematic, I privation to enactment the assemblage wrong the breathtaking series of events that led to the interrogation with Prince Andrew - to archer a communicative astir a hunt for answers, successful a satellite of speculation and varying recollections.

"It's a movie astir power, privilege and differing perspectives and however - whether successful glittering palaces oregon hi-tech newsrooms - we justice what's true."

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Scoop is billed arsenic "the wrong way of the women that broke done the Buckingham Palace constitution to unafraid the scoop of the decade... spotlighting the journalists whose tenacity and guts broke done the highest of ceilings".

The movie is produced by Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville (Luther, The Night Of) for The Lighthouse Film & Television, with Sanjay Singhal (Bin Laden: The Road to 9/11, Trouble astatine Topshop) for Voltage TV.

Prince Andrew's quality connected the BBC programme was intended to dispel expanding scrutiny of his narration with Epstein, who died successful situation earlier that twelvemonth - arsenic good arsenic allegations that helium had enactment with a 17-year-old girl.

However, the interview with Maitlis was branded "disastrous" and "excruciating" erstwhile it aired successful November 2019 - making headlines astir the satellite for each the incorrect reasons.

The duke stepped distant from nationalist beingness aft the interview.

He paid millions to settee a civilian intersexual battle case with Virginia Giuffre, who said she was trafficked by Epstein.

He denied each her claims and said helium had ne'er met her.

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