Back in 2000, Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Almereyda teamed up for a modern version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and it was pretty good.
Allow me to refresh your memory with one of the most famous soliloquies ever uttered in the English (or any) language…
Hawke seems drawn to Shakespeare’s tragic characters and must be pretty good at it, as he’s not only about to trod the boards once again in November for the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Macbeth,” he’s teaming up with Almereyda once again to bring the story of “Cymbeline” to the big screen with a major update.
Cymbeline is based on legends surrounding the very real Celtic British King Cunobelinus and, as in any good Shakespeare tome, it’s mired in themes of innocence and jealousy.
According to THR, Hawke and Almereyda’s version of Cymbeline will take place amongst an epic (yet obvious) battle between dirty cops and drug-dealing biker gang and of course, a “universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.” I’ve always been a fan of Hawke’s but think I’d be more excited if Baz Luhrmann were involved instead of Almereyda…but we’ll see when we see, right?
Doth stay tuned.
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