Riz Ahmed in Talks to Play Hamlet for NetflixOctober 17, 2017
Arguably, the most sought-after acting role of all time isn't James Bond, or Doctor Who even, but Hamlet — and the latest actor to be linked with it is Emmy award-winner, Riz Ahmed.
According to Deadline, he's currently in talks to star in a new adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy bound for Netflix.
If true, he'll be added to a long line of Anglo faves who've tackled the role in recent years, from David Tennant, Rory Kinnear, and Oscar Isaac, to Benedict Cumberbatch, who gave it his best shot on the London stage, followed by his Sherlock nemesis Andrew Scott and his War Horse co-star Tom Hiddleston.
Not many have committed the performance to film, however, though some live productions have been broadcast to theaters worldwide. It's not since Sir Kenneth Branagh's seminal production in 1996, which starred himself as the Danish prince and Kate Winslet as Ophelia, followed by a modern 2000 film adaptation starring Ethan Hawke and Bill Murray as Polonius, that the play has been made specifically for the screen.
That now looks set to change. This new version of the play will be set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, so "London" basically.
Not only is Riz slated to star, but he has also had a hand in its production, having helped develop the script with his university friend Michael Lesslie, one of the writers behind the 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. (There was also a little help from William Shakespeare, of course.)
So far Netflix has agreed to finance the film and launch it on their online service, with the possibility of a limited run in theaters. The next step will be to find a director, not to mention a supporting cast.
Can you see Riz as a modern-day Hamlet?