Riz Ahmed in negotiations to star in Netflix's 'Hamlet'

17 October, 2017, 23:49 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations To Star In Netflix's 'Hamlet'

Not only is Riz slated to star, but he has also had a hand in its production, having helped develop the script with his university friend Michael Lesslie, one of the writers behind the 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. As per the reports in Deadline, "The actor is sealing a deal with Netflix to star in this contemporary adaptation of Hamlet".

Emmy victor for HBO's The Night Of, Riz Ahmad, has been rumored to be in contact with the biggest streaming platform, Netflix.

The play centres on the revenge Prince Hamlet is compelled to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of his father, but will get an update in setting, moving from 17th-century Denmark to modern day London, "complete with economic and political uncertainty".

The plan is for Ahmed to star as the tragic protagonist with Netflix financing and distributing.

Netflix are to finance and distribute the show, with James Wilson as producer ('Under The Skin", "The Lovely Bones'). Just last month, Ahmad changed the course of history by becoming the first South Asian to win the Emmys. Social issues are likely to be front-and-center; Ahmed, an outspoken activist, raps and campaigns on behalf of immigrants and refugees, and was recently named amongst Time's 100 most influential people in the world.

His film credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Nightcrawler and Four Lions.

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