House of the Dragon Star Emma D’Arcy has dropped out of the upcoming film project Anna.
In accordance deadline, the actress has left the film due to a scheduling conflict, and was replaced by Naomi Battrick (the snake queen, Jamestown).
Formerly the title 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 stars as Anna.
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Ciarán 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 Lawtey (Industry) will play Anna’s son Ilya and Ellie Bamber (nocturnal animals) features as intern Elena Kostyuchenko.
Politkovskaya was known for her courageous reporting, exposing corruption under Vladimir Putin as well as covering the Chechen war.
She continued her work despite death threats and survived being poisoned in 2004. Politkovskaya was killed while leaving her apartment block in October 2006.
D’Arcy is currently enjoying great success as one of HBO’s breakout stars Game of Thrones precursor. 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 spoke about what it was like to see the younger version of their character, played by Milly Alcock, on screen, saying it was like “watching camcorder footage of you as a child”.
“You used to recognize that person. You empathize with that person. And you feel like you’re distinctly different at this point in your life,” they said.
“I really felt that when I first saw episode one, this kind of eerie familiarity. Yeah, it was very moving, actually.”