Michael Sheen appears in the first images of a new docudrama Vardy versus Rooney: a legal drama.
Inspired by the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case brought by Rebekah Vardy against fellow WAG Coleen Rooney, the Channel 4 series will see the good omens play the role of Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne.
The lawsuit stemmed from Rooney’s 2019 Instagram post in which she accused Vardy of leaking her private Instagram Stories to the press. Vardy denied the allegations and sued Rooney for defamation, but ultimately lost the case.
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One of the newly released images shows Sheen in Sherborne’s wig, bib and lawyer’s robe as he addresses the court.
In other shots, game of thronesNatalia Tena can be seen as Vardy avoiding reporters, while Chanel Cresswell and Dion Lloyd sit in court as Colleen Rooney and her husband, former footballer Wayne Rooney.
Produced by Chalkboard for Channel 4, the series also stars Simon Coury as Vardy’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson and Marci Nagyszokolyai as Vardy’s husband and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
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“This trial has completely captivated audiences with its daily stream of entertaining exchanges and jaw-dropping revelations,” director Oonagh Kearney said in a statement when the series was announced in July. “But behind it all is the story of two women under constant public scrutiny, fighting for their reputations.”
“The #WagathaChristie phenomenon has become one of the most talked about moments in social media history,” added Chalkboard Creative Director Tom Popay. “We are thrilled to bring the trial to life in such a unique way and hope that we can experience how this case has fascinated and amazed so many people.”
Vardy versus Rooney: a legal drama will air in December on Channel 4, with an exact release date to be announced.