Somehow Lee Tamahori’s Emperor (2016) missed my radar entirely. My boyfriend Adrien Brody is cast as Charles V, which puts this film squarely in my bailiwick of early 16th-century costuming. Pouty actress du jour Sophie Cookson plays the heroine Johanna of Ghent. Also, get a load of the synopsis on IMDB:
Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason … it’s the 16th century revisited.
The costume design is by Italian costumer Francesca Sartori, whose work I’m not familiar with, but a quick search of the Internet shows she’s done quite a few period films and seems pretty competent. And even though we run the risk of misinterpreting a costume when it’s taken out of context, that’s never stopped us before. So let’s take a look at some of the photos circulating out there:
The Good in Emperor:
The Questionable in Emperor:
As per usual, the costumes on the leads, particularly the female leads, do not stringently adhere to historical accuracy. There’s only been one shot leaked of Sophie Cookson that I have been able to find online and it’s promising. However…
I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical about this film based upon the initial photos I found online. But a little digging has gotten me quite a bit more interested in seeing how it turns out, even if it means simply focusing on the background artists in their fabulous Flemish costumes. There’s no release date yet, and as far as I can tell, no trailers have hit the web, so we will just have to wait and see what this film holds in store!
What are your thoughts about Emperor? Share them in the comments!