The Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney libel lawsuit is being turned into a TV docudrama, Channel 4 has confirmed.
The High Court case, which saw Rebekah Vardy takes Coleen Rooney to court on a 2019 social media post that accused him of leaking Rooney’s private stories, took place in May, with judgment expected soon.
Private Instagram posts, according to Rooney, were shared with the press without his permission, including a visit to a gender-selection clinic in Mexico, his planned return to television and a flooded basement in his new mansion.
Quickly catching public attention, the case was dubbed Wagatha Christie after the famous British novelist Agatha Christie.
Now, a dramatic two-part reconstruction that will use text transcripts from the court is being made by TV production company Chalkboard.
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will juxtapose courtroom scenes with media analysis.
The actors will play the roles of the main protagonists, including Rebekah Vardy, Coleen Rooney, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy. The casting has not yet been announced.
Drama highlights will likely revolve around questions about Vardy’s relationship with The Sun newspaper reporters and details of former relationships, including a fling with pop star Peter Andre.
Wayne Rooney’s time on the witness stand, when he told the court he had no idea about his wife’s social media ‘sting operation’ until he saw her Instagram post and discussing an alleged ‘awkward’ conversation at Euro 2016 with then-teammate Jamie Vardy will surely be part of the drama as well.
Plus, viewers may well learn more about the “series of unfortunate incidents” – including a cellphone that was thrown overboard and ended up on the bottom of the North Sea – that led the Rooney’s team to accuse Vardy of waging a “deliberate and calculated” campaign to destroy evidence. Vardy’s team denied that was the case.
The drama’s director, Oonagh Kearney, said: “This trial has completely captivated audiences with its daily stream of entertaining exchanges and jaw-dropping revelations. But behind it is the story of two women under constant surveillance. from the public, fighting for their reputation.”
Tom Popay, Creative Director of Chalkboard, said: “The trial…captivated the whole nation, but very few people got to see what happened in the courtroom. We are thrilled to bring the trial to life. in such a unique way and we’ll hopefully get to experience how much this case has fascinated and amazed so many people.”
Calling the infamous affair ‘wackier than a Footballers Wives script’, Channel 4’s head of factual entertainment Alf Lawrie said the show would ‘bring to life a case that encompassed so much about the landscape British culture in the 21st century”. .
The screenplay will be written by journalist, author and documentary filmmaker Chris Atkins.
A release date has yet to be announced.