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To Be Or Not To Be? Riz Ahmed In Talks To Star In Netflix's Hamlet


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Emmy Award winning actor Riz Ahmed has just announced that he's in discussions to star in a Hamlet Netflix series!

Ahmed shot to success with his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and has received critical acclaim alongside his Emmy win for his role in the hit HBO series The Night Of. He was also named as one of TIME's 100 most influential people of 2017.


Now he's set his sights on Shakespeare, and we couldn't be more excited!

According to Deadline, the series will be set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty. The story follows the intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption.

That the familial dynamics of Hamlet being reshaped through a South Asian cultural lens is a genius move! Ahmed has been very outspoken in his activism regarding South Asian representation on screen. His involvement in films like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Road to Guantanamo, and Four Lions demonstrate the importance he places on his cultural identity within his work. 

Ahmed recently spoke out at the House of Commons regarding on-screen representation, and how it can help to shape society. 

An incredibly multi-talented artist, Ahmed has had this Hamlet project in the works for years, alongside his highly successful acting career, and music career! Alongside his acting, his rap career as Riz MC has a huge cult following.

His solo work spans from the famously banned "9/11 Blues" mixtape which dropped a decade ago, to his brilliantly successful collaboration with Lin Manuel Miranda on the Hamilton mixtape. He also performs as part of the Swet Shop Boys, who mix South Asian and Western culture in their effortlessly cool bars. 

Another future project on the horizon, Ahmed is set to star in The Sister Brothers next year, alongside Joaquin Phoenix and his Nightcrawler co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. 

To give you a taster of his Shakespearean style, here's a clip of Ahmed performing Edmund's famous soliloquy from King Lear for the Guardian's Shakespeare season last year. It'll give you goosebumps!

That's certainly whet our appetites for Hamlet!

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