With her portrayal of Katherine Parr in Firebrand, Alicia Vikander seeks to raise awareness of the actress.

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Katherine Parr is a lesser-known woman in English history that Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander is trying to bring more attention to. In the next historical drama ‘Firebrand,’ starring Vikander as Parr, the story will explore the depths of Parr’s relationship with her strong husband, King Henry VIII, who happens to be the sixth of his unfortunate wives.

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Vikander herself admits to a surprising lack of prior knowledge about Parr. In a recent interview, she confessed, “I must confess, I almost felt a bit embarrassed when I was sent the script because I think if I knew anything, it was probably more about the wives that didn’t make it.” This statement underscores the fact that Parr’s story, one of survival within the treacherous Tudor court, has often been overshadowed by the more dramatic narratives of Henry’s other wives who met tragic ends.

Vikander expresses a dual sentiment of sadness and surprise at this lack of awareness, noting, “I was, in one way, sad. But then I realised speaking to other people, it seemed like that was the general feel for most, that we have the least knowledge about this woman who actually did survive X amount of years living with this man, and even outlived him.” ‘Firebrand’ has the potential to rectify this historical oversight, bringing Parr’s story to the forefront.

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The film will also feature Jude Law in the role of the powerful Henry VIII. Vikander offers a glimpse into Law’s approach to the character, revealing, “I think he stayed within that character a bit more in the beginning, the first week maybe, to just feel what it’s like… The beard, too – that takes up a big space.” This initial immersion suggests Law’s commitment to embodying the king’s imposing physical presence and psychological aura.

However, Vikander also notes a shift in Law’s approach as filming progressed, particularly during emotionally demanding scenes. She explains, “But when we got further into the shooting, actually started to do some of the more tough scenes, then you needed a break from it, to have a little breather before you do the next deep dive.” This highlights the emotional toll that portraying such a complex and volatile character can take on an actor.

‘Firebrand’ promises to explore the nuances of Parr’s relationship with the king. Vikander hints at the motivations behind Parr’s decision to remain by Henry’s side, stating, “She had to create a relationship with this man.” Vikander delves deeper, suggesting that Parr’s loyalty extended beyond mere personal feelings. She explains, “I think, if anything, she maybe loved the monarch and the king, because from reading her texts, she feels it’s a role that she sees herself within, almost like she’s been chosen by God to become a queen.” This interpretation paints Parr as a woman driven by a sense of duty and faith, one who viewed her role as queen as a divinely ordained purpose.

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‘Firebrand’ has the power to rewrite Katherine Parr’s historical legacy through Vikander’s interpretation of her. The movie aims to provide a new angle on this frequently disregarded Tudor queen by examining her relationship with Henry VIII and the reasons behind her decisions. The potential influence of the movie itself is mirrored in Vikander’s personal voyage of discovery, from his initial ignorance to his newfound admiration for Parr. It’s possible that “Firebrand” will be the impetus behind Katherine Parr’s ascent to prominence.

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