Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations To Star In Netflix's 'Hamlet'

18 October, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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The actor is in negotiations to step into the robe of Hamlet for Netflix.

The "Night Of" Emmy victor is in talks with Netflix for the streaming service to buy a contemporary retelling of "Hamlet", a project he's been developing with screenwriter friend Mike Lesslie ("Macbeth", "Assassin's Creed").

The show was developed by Ahmed with his college friend and script writer Michael Lesslie, who also wrote "Assassin's Creed" and "Macbeth".

Hamlet will be set in modern-day London in the throes of political uncertainty, social strains, and economic strife, and will center around "intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty, and dynastic corruption".

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Jim Wilson, who's worked on works like Under the Skin, Attack the Block and You Were Never Really There, is all set to produced. Netflix would finance and distribute.

Fresh off his Emmy win for The Night Of, Ahmed is being courted by Netflix - which recently announced a huge increase in the streaming service's output of original films - to attend court as the lead role of Hamlet, according to Deadline.

Just a few months back, the exceptional performance and versatile acting skills landed him on the front page of Time magazine's Most influential people in 2017.

The 34-year-old actor has put together an eclectic resume that includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The OA, Nightcrawler, Jason Bourne and more.

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