For those who are on tenterhooks to learn what really went down during the Wagatha Christie trial, it’s your lucky day, as the drama from the courtroom is being reconstructed for a two-part docudrama on Channel 4.
The High Court case took place in May, after Rebekah Vardy sued Coleen Rooney for libel over a 2019 social media post which accused her of leaking Coleen’s private Instagram Stories to the press. A verdict hasn’t yet been reached.
Produced by Chalkboard, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will feature verbatim court transcripts, analysis from the media, and is likely to explore Rebekah’s relationship with journalists at The Sun as well as Wayne Rooney’s stint in the witness box.
Tom Popay, creative director at Chalkboard, said they are excited to bring the trial to life in a “unique way”.
So while we eagerly await news of an air date and casting, heat has placed their bets on the actors who could step up to play the key participants.
Jodie Comer, who is a success story in film (The Last Duel), TV (Killing Eve) and theatre (Prima Facie), would be our ideal candidate for Coleen, 36. As for her husband Wayne, 36, - who told the court he was oblivious to Coleen’s social media operation – we can’t help but think Channing Tatum could do him justice. And no, it’s not just because of the resembling haircut.
Michelle Ryan has five years’ experience playing a pretty defiant character under her belt after taking on the iconic role of EastEnders’ Zoe Slater in the early 2000s, surely making her a no-brainer to tackle the part of Rebekah, 40. And Charlie Cooper would be our shout to portray her husband Jamie, 35, who was absent during the first five days of the almost two-week long trial.
We wonder whether Peter Andre would agree to a cameo performance if he can put chipolata-gate behind him.