Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous Trailer

Last year it looked like director Roland Emmerich was going to try to branch out from his usual low brow high spectacle blockbusters with a smaller found footage sci-fi flick called The Zone. However, just as as it was beginning to take shape, the movie was shut down — supposedly due to an overabundance of similar films (yeah, I don’t buy it either). Emmerich quickly moved on to another project instead, and now we have our first trailer for that project, which is also an unexpected change of pace for him.

Anonymous is a period thriller set in Elizabethan England that revolves around the works of The Bard himself, William Shakespeare. It’s not an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays, but rather a fictional exploration of who actually wrote all of his work set amidst political intrigue and romance. Watching the trailer, it still looks pretty overblown and action-oriented, but I’m still having a hard time figuring out what it is about and why I should care. Anonymous hits theatres on September 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.