Reimagining Hamlet is no easy task, but if you’re going to try and tackle a new perspective on the famous tragedy, Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are two stellar choices to have in your cast.
Made famous from her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Daisy Ridley is quickly filling out new roles for herself, all of them far, far away from the sci-fi genre. Ridley is set to join Naomi Watts in “Ophelia,” which will be a cinematic retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with a twist of course.
It was Covert Media, an independent distributor, that announced this week that Ridley is in final negotiations to join the project. Naomi Watts then shared a few teasing pictures on her Instagram page. Ridley will take on the role of Ophelia, while two-time Academy Award winner Watts will play Queen Gertrude.
Hamlet’s story has been told the world over, so luckily a mostly all-female creative team is working to offer this new perspective on the classic work. This new film would retell the story through the focus of the titular character, focusing more on the doomed romance with the famous prince, and feature more of Ophelia’s interactions with his mother.
The studio calls the film a “pulse-pounding insight into a perilous world of murder and betrayal.” That brief description isn’t much different than that of the original, but there are a few key differences that fans should find enticing.
This version would have Ophelia, harboring secrets and forced to choose between protecting her own life, or the safety of those she loves and the kingdom she is destined to rule. Ophelia must side or betray the destructive forces within Elsinore Castle, all the while trying to hold onto the man she loves as he seemingly descends into madness.
As for the creative team, Ophelia will be directed by Claire McCarthy, working off a screenplay written by Semi Chellas. The work is based on the Lisa Klein novel of the same name. Producing the film are Ehren Kruger, Daniel Bobker and Sarah Curtis.
“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective,” McCarthy said in a statement. “This retelling will be experienced through the eyes of Ophelia and has the kind of romance, complexity and suspense that makes this beloved story exciting to younger audiences.”