For those Shakespeare lovers out there, get ready for Ophelia! And now, it’s been confirmed that Harry Potter alum Tom Felton will be joining the cast.
The Hamlet spin-off film titled Ophelia is shaping up to have quite the cast. From Daisy Ridley to Naomi Watts, the movie is going to have some amazing women in it. As it should as it focuses on the love interest in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Ophelia, the character driven to madness, has proven a difficult for women to play. So maybe this new film will give us a look at the character like we’ve never seen before. And we should be examining Shakespeare’s women roles more. They’re nuanced and interesting in a way that don’t see anymore.
Joining Tom is also Clive Owen, George MacKay, and Devon Terrell.
According to Variety, Owen will play Claudius, MacKay will play Hamlet, Felton will play Laertes, and Terrell will play Horatio. Variety also explained the plot of the novel, written by Lisa Klein. It is being adapted into a screenplay by Semi Chellas and really it going to be something incredible.
"The movie is set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice as a re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Ridley portrays the title character as the most trusted lady-in-waiting to the Queen, played by Naomi Watts. She soon captures the attention of Prince Hamlet and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore Castle apart from within."
The movie begins filming next month. With an all-star cast and a brilliant character to base it off of, this film is going to be one you don’t want to miss! Check back on Wizards and Whatnot for more news as we get it about this amazing film!