Riz Ahmed to star in Netflix's "Hamlet"

Riz Ahmed is in negotiations with Netflix to star as the lead character in the movie adaptation of Hamlet, to be set in present-day London.

Netflix's latest version of Hamlet will be taking place in modern-day London amongst political and economic uncertainty, Deadline reported. As per the reports in Deadline, "The actor is sealing a deal with Netflix to star in this contemporary adaptation of Hamlet".

Ahmed reportedly helped develop this version of Hamlet alongside writer Michael Lesslie (an old friend from college), who comes to the table with notable Shakespeare experience, having written the 2015 Michael Fassbender-starring film version of Macbeth, and also wrote the 2016 video game adaptation film Assassin's Creed, in which Fassbender also starred.

Jim Wilson, who's worked on works like Under the Skin, Attack the Block and You Were Never Really There, is all set to produced.

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If the talks are successful, Ahmed will follow in the footsteps of actors like Kenneth Branagh, Ethan Hawke and Oscar Isaac, who have all played the protagonist.

To be or not to be: That is the question for Riz Ahmed. Netflix would finance and distribute.

Known for his roles in The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Nightcrawler and Four Lions, Ahmed is one of the rising stars in Hollywood.

Recently, Ahmed made history by becoming the first man of South Asian descent to take home an Emmy, winning for his role in HBO's The Night Of. The talented artiste is also one half of the rap duo Swet Shop Boys.

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