Riz Ahmed is all set to star in the modern-day adaptation of the classic, Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The Sound Of Metal star will be playing the role of the Prince of Denmark while Morfydd Clark will be portraying the role of Ophelia and the Mary Queen Of Scots actor, Joe Alwyn will be playing the role of Laertes, Ophelia’s brother.
The movie will be directed by Aneil Karia, who has previously worked with Ahmed for The Long Goodbye, which ended up winning the best live-action short film Oscar this year. Talking to Deadline, Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia spoke about how the plot will follow Shakespeare’s classic tragedy and will be based in present-day London, saying, “We wanted to continue what we started with ‘The Long Goodbye’, in telling a story that is both totally grounded and authentic but then pushes into action, thriller, genre, and poetry. We’ve both felt on the outside of Shakespeare, but as South Asians also deeply connect to what these stories are about—themes like family, honor, and duty. So, our aim is to bring Hamlet to life by setting it in our own community.”
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