Michael Sheen appears in first look photos of new docudrama Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama.
Inspired by the ‘Wagatha Christie’ defamation case brought by Rebekah Vardy against fellow WAG Coleen Rooney, the Channel 4 series will see Good omens stars as 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 took Rooney to court for defamation, but ultimately lost the case.
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One of the newly released photos shows Sheen in Sherborne’s lawyer’s wig, bib and gown as he addresses the court.
In other snaps, Game of Thrones‘ Natalia Tena as Vardy can be seen 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 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 completely captivated audiences with its daily feed of entertaining exchanges and riveting revelations,” director Oonagh Kearney said in a statement when the series was announced in July. “But behind this is a 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 delighted to bring the trial to life in such a unique way, and we hope we can get to the bottom of how this case fascinated and surprised so many.”
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will air in December on Channel 4, with an exact release date to be announced.