In a new two-part drama about the “Wagatha Christie” trial that gripped the country last summer, Michael Sheen will play Coleen Rooney’s lawyer.
Vardy v. Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will air later this year on Channel 4. The Bafta-winning actor Chanel Cresswell (This Is England, Trollied) will play Rooney, and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) will play Rebekah Vardy.
Which role will be portrayed by her in Wagatha Christie?
Sheen will play Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne. Simon Coury will play Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson KC, who has represented a “who’s who” of clients, including King Charles III. Meanwhile, Dion Lloyd plays Wayne Rooney, and Marci Nagyszokolyai plays Jamie Vardy.
When it happened for the first time on social media in 2019, it was called the #WagathaChristie case. It became one of the most expensive libel cases in history and made headlines worldwide.
Vardy’s case against Rooney, the wife of the former England captain Wayne, was thrown out in July. Jamie Vardy plays football for Leicester City and England. But the whole thing started three years ago when Rooney set up a “sting” to find out who gave stories from her Instagram account to reporters at the Sun.
What will the upcoming tv show bring?
“It’s Rebekah Vardy’s account,” a now-famous phrase posted on Instagram, helped Rooney figure out who had done it. Vardy said she didn’t give the Sun any information and sued Rooney for libel to try to fix her reputation. This month, Vardy should pay Rooney up to £1.5m in authorized charges.
The upcoming TV show will recreate the high court case using word-for-word transcripts. This will bring the two opposing legal teams into the spotlight. Like Rooney and Vardy, every move the lawyers made in court was picked apart and looked at closely by the press.
What was mentioned by production and others?
In charge of the drama, Oonagh Kearney said earlier this year, “This trial completely captivated the public with its daily stream of funny exchanges and jaw-dropping reveals. But there is a story behind this about two women always under the public’s eye. Moreover, they are fighting for their reputations.
Tom Popay, the creative director at Chalkboard, the TV production company behind the project, said, “The court case captured the whole country’s attention. However, very few people saw what went on inside the courtroom. We’re excited to bring the trial to life uniquely. Moreover, we hope to find out why so many people were so interested in it.