Oscar Winners Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia Reunite for Modern ‘Hamlet’ Film
could Robert Egger‘ “The man from the northhave sparked renewed interest in revisiting “Hamlet”? The Viking Epic is based on the original Scandinavian tale that directly influenced Williams Shakespeare’s beloved story of revenge and murder. Now a new, modern film version of ‘Hamlet’ is on the horizon for Oscar winners Rice Ahmad and Aneil Karia.
The duo recently won the Oscars for Best Short Film thanks to the stunning photo, “The long goodbye“, and Deadline reports that they’re now looking to reimagine the ‘Hamlet’ story with a thriller edge. The London-shot pic will also explore mental health regarding both Ahmed Hamlet and Ophelia, played by “Sainte Maud” actress Morfydd Clark.
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“The favourite” actor Joe Alynstarring in “Chat with friends” on Hulu this month also landed the role of Laertes, Ophelia’s brother and son of Polonius.
Ahmed’s Hamlet is haunted by his father’s ghost and driven to increasingly unstable heights. This reimagining sees Hamlet moving through London’s elite circles and attending rambunctious parties, going out of his way to avenge his father’s murder and prove his uncle guilty of the crime.
Scriptwriter Michael Lesslie is behind the film’s script and is no stranger to Shakespearean adaptations. Lesslie previously co-wrote Justin Kurzel‘s”macbethwhich featured Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the murderous protagonists of the “Scottish play”.
It won’t be the first or the last time we’ll see a major adaptation of “Hamlet” as Laurence Olivier, Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, and Ethan Hawke have all played the Danish prince in the past. “star wars” actress daisy ridley had recently starred in the 2018 film “Opheliaas the titular character.
Clark made waves when it was revealed she would be playing a younger version of Cate Blanchettis Galadriel in Amazonit’s super expensive”The Lord of the Rings” prequel series that debuts in September. It will certainly cast the actress as a recognizable face even if the series is either a hit or a disappointment.
“Hamlet” arrives at the Cannes Market with Independent WME and AAC manage their sale.