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Riz Ahmed is in talks to set up his contemporary Hamlet retelling at Netflix.
Ahmed developed the story with screenwriter Mike Lesslie, who wrote 2015’s Macbeth that starred Michael Fassbender, and attached himself to star. The duo, who have known each other since their days at university, have been working on the project for years.
The adaptation is set in modern-day London, complete with economic and political uncertainty. Jim Wilson (Under the Skin) will produce.
Kenneth Branagh, Ethan Hawke and Mel Gibson are among the actors who have previously played the Danish prince onscreen, with countless others tackling the character for the stage. Recently, Oscar Isaac played Hamlet at New York’s Public Theater.
Ahmed is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand rising stars. He is next set for Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers and Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom, in which he will star opposite Tom Hardy. The English actor, who also raps with Das Racist alum Heems as duo the Swet Shop Boys, was last seen in the Star Wars stand-alone Rogue One.
Recently, Ahmed made history by becoming the first man of South Asian descent to take home an Emmy, winning for his role in HBO’s The Night Of.
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