Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts to star in brand new young adult take on Hamlet
Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley and double Oscar nominee Naomi Watts are to star in Ophelia, a brand new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is an adaptation of Lisa Klein's 2006 young adult novel of the same name and re-tells the story from a female-centric view, with Ophelia, the daughter of Claudius’ chief advisor who falls for Hamlet, the centre of things.
Ridley will play Ophelia, while Watts will take on the role of Queen Gertrude, Claire McCarthy, who directed indie hit The Waiting City, will be behind the camera. Hamlet and Claudius have yet to be cast.
Speaking about the project, producer Daniel Bodker said: "Sarah, Ehren & 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."
He continued: "Whether it's for the legions of fans of romantic tragic characters, or the millions of visitors who annually seek out the classic Millais painting of Ophelia at London's Tate Gallery, Ophelia holds a special place in the heart of the cultural canon — so we couldn't be more thrilled to have the talented female team of Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and Claire McCarthy set to make a film with our friends at Covert Media that'll finally shed light on a character who's fascinated so many for so long."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, with the Blu-ray will be accompanied by a string of bonus features.
As well as the six deleted scenes it had previously been revealed would be arriving with the Blu-Ray, the package will also include a documentary on the making of the movie titled "Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" as well as a recording of the movie's table read.
It will also include a string of 'making of' features including a focus on the making of BB-8 and the movie's new creatures, a look at the recording of John Williams' score and a feature on the changes made to reboot the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over two billion dollars at the box office and is available to order on DVD and Blu-Ray on the right-hand side of the page.