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Riz Ahmed's Hamlet Will Be The Hottest Hamlet

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 17, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 17, 2017 |

Ok, to be fair, it’s not a done deal yet. He’s “in talks” to star in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Hamlet, but I mean, if they don’t unload a truck of money at his feet to get him in this then WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY EVEN HIKING THEIR PLAN PRICES?


Anyway, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is being penned by Mike Lesslie, who wrote that Macbeth flick that starred Michael Fassbender and which I always meant to watch but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. His version of Hamlet will be set in modern-day London, complete with economic and political uncertainty but with extra murder, corruption and moping. Presumably. And according to Deadline he developed the film with Ahmed, because they were friends in college. So it’s safe to bet Ahmed will indeed star.

Just to recap: Riz Ahmed made history as the first man of South Asian descent to take home an Emmy, which he won for his role in HBO’s The Night Of. He also has starred in Rogue One and has been cast in Sony’s standalone Venom movie (not as Venom). He’s also one half of the rap duo Swet Shop Boys. And he looks like this:



Look, I’m not saying other objectively attractive men haven’t played Hamlet. The character has been played by the usual suspects like Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier, and more surprising choices like Mel Gibson (during that hot hairy phase, before all the badness) and Ethan Hawke. Hell, even David Tennant took his turn as the Prince of Denmark in a productions with Patrick Fucking Stewart! I have it on DVD!


Or there’s this line up of basically EVERYONE reciting “To Be Or Not To Be”:

To be or not to be - Shakespeare Live from Ekaterina Chapandze on Vimeo.

But given all of that? Yeah, sorry Dame Judi - Riz Ahmed is gonna be one hot, mopey Dane.

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