Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise’s ‘Swords and Scepters’

Stars join Devika Bhise who plays the Queen of Jhansi, leading the 1857 Indian Rebellion

Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech”) have joined the cast of “Swords and Scepters,” the period drama about an Indian uprising against the British East India Company.

Nathaniel Parker (“Stardust”), Ben Lamb (“Divergent”) and Jodhi May (“Defiance”) will also star alongside Devika Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) in the movie, which Shiva Sinindo Films is producing with Cayenne Pepper Productions.

Indian choreographer and Cayenne Pepper CEO Swati Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) will direct. He co-wrote the script with Olivia Emden and Devika Bhise, who will also star in the leading role. Nagesh Bhonsle, Yatin Karyekar, Milind Gunaji, Arif Zakaria, and Ajinkya Deo will also appear.

The movie will follow the story of Rani Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, who led her army against the East India Company in the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.

“It’s an incredible story about a woman who fought for what she believed in,” Bhise said. “Her story is one of female empowerment, more relevant now than ever, and can be drawn upon to inspire women all around the world.”

A Bollywood version of the tale is also in production with Kangana Ranaut (“Queen”) and written by Vijayendra Prasad, who created the blockbuster “Baahubali.”

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