Look away, Andrew! It’s Netflix’s version of the prince’s outing with Jeffrey Epstein, where he’ll always regret the British actor being unrecognizable in Duke of York costume
Bags under the eyes – check. jaw drooping – check. Poor prevalence in middle age – check.
As our exclusive photos show, Rufus Sewell was definitely doing his homework to play Prince Andrew. He looks uncannily like the lovable King – most likely with the help of prosthetics.
The photos recreate Prince’s now-famous walk in New York’s Central Park with convict Jeffrey Epstein, which was filmed for the upcoming Netflix production Scoop.
The film, due for release in 2024, will dramatize Andrew’s disastrous 2019 interview on BBC Newsnight.
The cast also includes Gillian Anderson as interviewer Emily Maitlis, Billie Piper as Newsnight producer Sam McAllister and Kelly Hawes as the Prince’s former private secretary, Amanda Thirsk.
The photos recreate Prince’s now-famous walk in New York’s Central Park with convict Jeffrey Epstein (pictured, left), which was filmed for the upcoming Netflix production Scoop. Pictured: Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein (left) and the actors (right)
The film, due for release in 2024, will dramatize Andrew’s disastrous 2019 interview on BBC Newsnight. Pictured: Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew
It is based on Ms McAllister’s book Scoops: Behind The Scenes Of The BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews.
The film’s promotional material describes the film as “the inside track of the woman who hacked into the institution of Buckingham Palace to secure the scoop of contract—that led to the disastrous fall from grace of ‘the Queen’s favorite son’.”
She adds that the drama focuses on everything from “navigating a palace veto, penetrating into Prince Andrew’s inner circle…to the amazing interview itself.”
Andrew was said to be a good friend of Epstein, who hanged himself in prison in 2019 after being arrested for sex trafficking to minors.
Photos of the 2010 rally in Central Park are often used as evidence of their close relationship.
An onlooker of the scene, which was filmed in London, said Sewell ‘really looked the part’, adding: ‘Looks like he put on a few pounds for the role. This is not the elegant and flashy Rufus Sewell we are used to seeing.
An onlooker of the scene, which was filmed in London, said Sewell ‘really looked the part’, adding: ‘Looks like he put on a few pounds for the role. This isn’t the elegant, flashy Rufus Sewell (pictured, right) we’re used to seeing. Pictured: Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Rufus Sewell as Victoria TV’s Melbourne
“Just like Andrew, he carries extra weight around the jaws and also seems to be hiding a bit of a punch under that anurak.” The similarity is very strange.
Sewell is best known for his villainous roles, but he usually portrays burnt-out villains, like Kate Winslet’s ex-boyfriend Jasper in the romcom The Holiday or Count Armand in The Legend Of Zorro.
The film is taking place just as Prince Andrew, who last year reached an out-of-court settlement with sexual assault accuser Virginia Giuffre, is understood to be in talks with an American journalist to collaborate on his biography.
Sources close to the duke refer to the book as “Spare 2.0,” as it follows Prince Harry’s controversial memoir, Spare.
An insider told MoS last week: “Andrew was the original replacement and there is plenty of material… that will give him the opportunity to explain his association with Epstein and the ramifications.”