Deadline reports that Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final talks to co-star in Ophelia, a re-telling of the Shakespeare’s Hamlet through the eyes of the famously doomed heroine. The project is adapted by Mad Men’s Semi Chellas from the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein, and will be directed by The Waiting City’s Claire McCarthy.
Ophelia is one of only two female characters along with that of Gertrude: she is gradually driven mad by Hamlet’s erratic behavior towards her, especially, as well as those around him. Unbeknownst to her, he also kills her father Polonius. Overcome by grief, Ophelia is later found drowned. It is not entirely clear in the play if she killed herself or simply suffered an accident. As per Gertrude’s poetic summation of her death, one of literature’s most evocative passages, Ophelia was “incapable of her own distress”.
“Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia will put the titular character center stage.” said executive producer Daniel Bobker. “I have always treated this film like a jewel, since there’s something extra precious in bringing to life a treasured female icon, celebrated for centuries as an alluring figure in the shadows of Shakespeare’s most famous work, without ever really having her own story told.”
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