Hugh Grant has denied reports that he is in talks to play Prince Andrew in an upcoming movie.
The project is said to centre on the disgraced Royal’s disastrous TV interview with Newsnight host Emily Maitlis which aired in November 2019, and will follow behind the scenes of the infamous interview.
Actor Hugh, 61, was said to be “one of the unconfirmed names in the frame” to portray the Royal in the movie, according to Deadline. He has since denied this on Twitter, saying: "No I am not. Never heard of it."
A TV insider discussed further details of the project to The Sun: "The creators of this film clearly see this landmark interview as the turning point in Andrew's catastrophic fall from grace.
"Rather like the film Frost/Nixon it will look at the lead up to the interview and show in detail how Emily forensically pulled the royal apart – and gained some responses which were as shocking as they were bizarre."
Prince Andrew, 62, attempted to dispel his rumoured associations with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the BBC2 interview.
Instead, he faced a grilling about his links to Epstein and his friend Ghislane Maxwell and his own sex abuse allegations with a 17 year old.
Prince Andrew is accused to have had sex with minor Virginia Roberts Guiffre, at Maxwell’s house in London, whom he claimed to have “no recollection” of meeting in the 2019 interview.
The Royal provided an “alibi” as he said he was at a Pizza Express birthday party with his daughter Princess Beatrice at the time of the alleged encounter.
Epstein committed suicide in jail, mere weeks after he was arrested for sex trafficking minors, in August 2019, and last month, socialite Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in jail for abusing and grooming dozens of girls for Epstein.
The Royal provided an “alibi” also, as he said he was at a Pizza Express birthday party with his daughter Princess Beatrice at the time of the alleged encounter.
Prince Andrew was stripped of his titles last year after it was initially announced by a US judge that the Duke would face a civil trial for his sex abuse allegations.
In February though, Prince Andrew was able to avoid court as he carried out a £12 million settlement with accuser Ms Guiffre.
The film about the Duke starts shooting in November and is written by screenwriter Peter Moffat.
He told Deadline that, though it might sound "crass”, the organisation behind the interview – which involved the BBC, Prince Andrew's team and his aid, daughter Princess Beatrice — “makes for very thrilling drama.”
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