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Daisy Ridley to star in new Hamlet film

Daisy Ridley is set to appear in Ophelia, a cinematic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

While the play focused on the Danish Prince seeking revenge on those who murdered his father, this new retelling will spotlight Ophelia, who falls for Hamlet.


British star Daisy will play the title character Ophelia, and the story will explore her romance with Prince Hamlet and relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude, set to be depicted by Naomi Watts.


The film will be based on Lisa Klein's Young Adult novel of the same name, with Semi Chellas adapting the story for the silver screen, and The Waiting City director Claire McCarthy attached to direct.


"Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I'm so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective," Claire said in a statement. "This retelling will be experienced through the eyes of Ophelia and has the kind of romance, complexity and suspense that makes this beloved story exciting to younger audiences."


The film will reportedly be set in the 14th century with dialogue spoken in contemporary voice.


Daisy, 24, has been busy since her A-list making role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is in talks to star in Kolma, a fantasy thriller that J.J. Abrams is producing for Paramount Pictures, and is also set to star in The Lost Wife, a Holocaust drama about a young woman who gets separated from her husband when the Nazis invaded Prague.


Naomi was most recently seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition.


A date for Ophelia's theatrical release is yet to be announced.