will play , the last of ’s six wives, in , which goes into production in the UK in early 2022. The film marks the English-language debut of , and is produced by Gabrielle Tana (The Dig) of Magnolia Mae Films and written by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Killing Eve).  Aïnouz’s premieres in Cannes as a Special Screening this Friday (July 9).

“I could not be more excited to be bringing the undiscovered story of Katherine Parr to the screen, a ferociously brilliant woman who I am inspired by deeply and has been largely invisible, or certainly under-represented in English history. Much is known about Henry VIII’s tyrannical reign, and those who perished and suffered at his hands, but my focus here is on a woman who not only managed to survive, but also, to thrive. This is a reimagining of a “period” film, a psychological horror film set in the Tudor court; a story of intrigue, agency and survival. Having Michelle Williams portray this remarkable woman, an actress of immeasurable talent and passion,  is a dream come true.” says director Karim Aïnouz.

Gabrielle Tana, the film’s producer says “I love all of Karim’s work to date and I’m so excited to be working with him. I know that Michelle will do glorious work with Karim. We’re going to be shooting at the beginning of next year and we’ve already assembled a great team with Hélène Louvart, Maria Djurkovic and Lisa Duncan as well as Nina Gold.”

Further creatives involved in Firebrand include Director of Photography Hélène Louvart, (Invisible Life), Academy Award-nominated production designer Maria Djurkovic, who recently worked with Tana on The Dig, and was BAFTA-nominated for her work and costume designer Lisa Duncan (Small Axe). Nina Gold is casting director. No other further casting is currently in place.