Coleen Rooney teams up with Disney+ for 'Wagatha Christie' programme

Coleen Rooney leaving the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, as the high-profile libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney continues. Picture date: Monday May 16, 2022.
Coleen Rooney has teamed up with Disney+. (PA)

Coleen Rooney has teamed up with Disney+ for a programme based on the “Wagatha Christie” saga that gripped the nation.

The news was revealed at the Edinburgh TV Festival by Sean Doyle, Disney+ director of unscripted content.

He said the streamer would have “exclusive access” to Rooney, who is the wife of former England football captain Wayne Rooney, for the three-part documentary.

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Rooney was embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with Rebekah Vardy - wife of footy star Jamie Vardy - earlier this year.

The pair were in court after Rooney posted a message on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press, and Vardy - who denied it - sued for libel.

Rebekah Vardy lost her libel case. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Rebekah Vardy lost her libel case. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Vardy, 40, lost her case after a High Court judge found Rooney's post was “substantially true”.

It's thought there had been a lot of interest from TV bosses and streaming services over making a programme about the high-profile drama.

Doyle said it was “a bit surprising” for Disney+ to sign up to do a deal with Rooney, 36, but that hers is a story that “people want to hear”.

But he added that he thinks new content at Disney, including the new Kardashian reality series, is maybe “changing people’s expectations” about it.

FILE - Coleen Rooney, wife of former England soccer player Wayne Rooney, arrives at the High Court, in London, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. On Friday, July 29, 2022, Judge Karen Steyn has cleared Rooney of libeling Rebekah Vardy when she alleged that Vardy had leaked her private social media posts to the tabloid press. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Rebekah Vardy lost her case against Coleen Rooney. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Asked why Disney wanted to document the court battle, he said: “Well what a story, first and foremost. Everything we do has to be an amazing story that has amazing twists and turns in it."

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Johanna Devereaux, vice president of scripted content at Disney+, said the streaming service’s content does not have to fit the “family friendly” stereotype of the Walt Disney Company, but that they do tend to gravitate to stories with a “bit of hope”.

Additional reporting from PA.

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