Rise Riz, Rise. Riz Ahmed continues to climb the Hollywood hierarchy in a stellar year for the star. After his breakout role in The Night Of (for which he won the Emmy Award, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so), he found roles in Nightcrawler and Rogue One. Now, Ahmed is in talks to head a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for Netlix.
Taking place in modern London, the adaptation will address themes of “familial honor, moral duty, and dynastic corruption.” Hamlet is a big role to fill, but with the respect he’s been getting recently, Ahmed seems to be capable.
Reportedly one of Ahmed’s dream projects, the tale will be retold by Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed). Attack The Block’s Jim Wilson produces. A director is yet to be attached.
More recently, Ahmed cast in Sony’s Venom, and it is likely Ahmed will start on Hamlet after he is done shooting that. Venom is set for October 2018.