Well, this one’s interesting, The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed is currently in negotiations with Netflix for the streaming service to star in his adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Developed by Ahmed and college friend, scribe Mike Lesslie (Assassins Creed, Macbeth) the adaptation will be set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes of familial honour, moral duty and dynastic corruption. Jim Wilson (Under the Skin, Attack the Block, You Were Never Really There) will produce. Netflix will finance and distribute.
Ahmed has an active social voice using his position to bring to the forefront social issues that matter. He will use this project to continue his quest to bring stories and roles with social impact to the forefront. Ahmed became the first man of South Asian descent to win at the Emmys and only the second Asian actor in history to win when he took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards last month.
The actor certainly hasn’t done too badly for himself over present years, hitting it big with blockbusters Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne and starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. Ahmed will soon be seen on the big screen in The Sister Brother where he pairs up yet again with Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix. He will also be pairing up with Tom Hardy in the Spiderman spin-off Venom.