Shakespeare nerds, rejoice! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts have signed on to star in Ophelia, a film interpretation of one of the most inescapable plays from our high school reading days—Hamlet.
The film, which will be directed by Claire McCarthy and produced by Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger and Sarah Curtis, is an adaptation of Lisa Klein's 2006 YA novel. Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tomb Raider) is set to play Ophelia, while Watts will be Gertrude, Hamlet's mother and the queen of Denmark.
Bobker revealed to The Hollywood Reporter:
"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."
The premise of the Shakespearean play is about Hamlet (the prince of Denmark) seeking revenge on his uncle Claudius (the king of Denmark), who killed his father and married his mother. Ophelia, Hamlet's love interest, has been an art culture staple for centuries, and now her story will be projected for a new generation.
While Hamlet is a brutal tale, Klein's novel is reportedly a bit more jovial. So it will be interesting to see which direction this film takes. As of now, there is no word on when Ophelia will be released, but in the meantime, click here to see which films we're excited for this year.