Dragon House star Emma D’Arcy has dropped the upcoming film project Anna.
According Deadline, the actor left the film due to a scheduling conflict, being replaced by Naomi Battrick (The Serpent Queen, jamestown).
Previously titled Mother Russiathe biopic tells the story of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the events leading up to her assassination in 2006. D’Arcy was set to play Politkovskaya’s daughter, Vera, opposite Maxine Peake, who plays Anna.
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Ciaran Hinds (game of thrones) and Harry Potter Star Jason Isaacs is also set to appear in the biopic, playing Nobel Prize-winning newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov (Hinds) and Anna’s husband Sacha (Isaacs). Harry Lawte (Industry) will play the son of Anna, Ilya and Ellie Bamber (nocturnal animals) presents as a trainee Elena Kostyuchenko.
Politkovskaya was known for her courageous reporting, exposing corruption under Vladimir Putin and covering the war in Chechnya.
She continued her work despite death threats and survived poisoning in 2004. Politkovskaya was killed as she left her building in October 2006.
D’Arcy is currently enjoying huge success as one of HBO’s standouts. game of thrones prequel. The actor stars as the older version of Rhaenyra Targaryen opposite Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans and Olivia Cooke.
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They recently opened up about how they see the younger version of their character, played by Milly Alcock, onscreen, saying it’s like “watching camcorder footage of you as a kid”.
“You used to recognize that person. You empathize with that person. And you feel distinctly different at this point in your life,” they said.
“I really felt that when I first saw Episode 1, that kind of weird familiarity. Yeah, it was very emotional, actually.”