Roland Emmerich’s upcoming De Vere-was-the-Bard movie vs. Bill Cain’s Equivocation and the-Bard (Will)-was-a-Catholic stage play

Anthony Heald in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's premiere production of EQUIVOCATION, photo by Jenny Graham
Anthony Heald in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s premiere production of EQUIVOCATION, photo by Jenny Graham

I know, I know, the Identity Question can be a real pain in the tuchus, but this looks like fun:

Film director Roland Emmerich, who has given us huge planet-killing flicks like 2012, has announced his intention of directing a different sort of (forgive me) what-if fantasy, this one forwarding the so-called “Oxfordian” theory that the author of the Shakespeare Plays was really Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. (Go here for a mini-interview with Emmerich on the subject.)

With a name like Murphy, I suppose I may be forgiven for having come to think that all the little mysteries and conundrums surrounding the Bard’s life, “hidden years” and famous religio-political slipperiness are more elegantly answered by the theory, steadily gaining ground among Shakespeare scholars, including Stephen Greenblatt, that Shakespeare’s roots and sympathies were Catholic at a time in England when that was a potentially dangerous attitude to express.