Edward Hogg cast in Emmerich's 'Anonymous'

7:29 AM PST 01/26/2010 by Scott Roxborough, AP

First film Emmerich has shot in Germany in 20 years

COLOGNE, Germany -- Fast-rising Brit actor Edward Hogg has been cast in Roland Emmerich's upcoming Shakespeare conspiracy thriller "Anonymous."

Hogg will play the role of Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, an advisor to Queen Elisabeth I. Emmerich's drama, which will begin shooting in March in Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin, focuses on the widespread theory that William Shakespeare was not the real author of this plays. It will be the first film Emmerich has shot in his native Germany in 20 years.

Emmerich cast Hogg together with Brit casting director Leo Davis and German Simone Baer.

It's proving to be a big year for Hogg. The 30-year-old actor was picked to be one of ten European Shooting Stars at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

Hogg's breakthrough performance was in Dominic Murphy's "White Lightnin," which premiered at Sundance last year and earned him a British Independent Film Award nomination as most promising newcomer.
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