Channel 4 viewers have been given a first look at the broadcaster’s much-anticipated drama that focuses on the Wagatha Christie court case between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. The 20-second teaser for Vardy V Rooney: A Courtroom Drama was released on Tuesday (November 29).
It shows This Is England actress Chanel Cresswell take the role of Rooney, while Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena features as Vardy. Renowned actor Michael Sheen of Midnight in Paris (2011) and The Damned United fame will play as Rooney’s barrister David Sherbone.
Man United fans will notice that Dion Lloyd, renowned for roles in Pride (2014) and Y Golau (2022), is playing club icon and Coleen’s husband Wayne Rooney. The now-D.C United manager played for the club between 2004 and 2017.
A two-part film that will be shown live on Channel 4 in December that will also see Rebekah’s husband Jamie Vardy of Leicester City played by Marton Nagyszokolyai. While her barrister Hugh Tomlinson is portrayed by Simon Coury.
The trailer opens with Rooney looking suspiciously over her mobile phone as her voiceover says: “For a few years now, someone who I trusted has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts.”
Vardy V Rooney focuses on a libel trial that gripped the nation in the summer as Coleen proved it was Rebekah that was leaking ‘fake stories’ about her private life to the press. A High Court judge found it was “substantially true” and ordered Vardy to pay Rooney up to £1.5 million in legal fees.
The trial, which was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” by members of the public, has also been turned into a West End play . The show is running at Wyndham’s Theatre until January 10 next year.
It does not stop there as Disney+ recently confirmed that it would be creating a three-part documentary series about the courtroom drama. Showrunners are said to have “exclusive access” to Coleen Rooney.