I spent much of the weekend fantasizing about who I would cast in the inevitable movie version of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Cate Blanchett seemed like a good choice for disgraced, former newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks while Hugh Grant was surely a lock for the role of Hugh Grant. (You may not know this, but the star of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain does an excellent impression of the Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain star.)
However, the new fake trailer you’ll find below has thrown my fantasy casting into disarray. The clip is very Anglo-oriented but still worth checking out, not least for the rather compelling suggestion that Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall might actually make for a good Rebekah Brooks.
If nothing else, it would save the production a bunch of money on hair-gingerizing products. Check it out:
‘News of the World’ whistle-blower found dead