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Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts to Star in Ophelia and Finally Answer the Question: What Does She See in Hamlet Anyway?

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Amidst the moping and dramatic pfft-ing in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the beautiful, kind, seemingly chill Ophelia loses her marbles over Hamlet, a 30-something man-child. It’s a haunting chapter of faux-Danish history that is thankfully being rewritten in Ophelia, an Ophelia-focused spin on the classic tragedy that presumably features 100 percent less ghost dad. Daisy Ridley is nearing a deal to star as the young noblewoman, with Naomi Watts as Queen Getrude, and Claire McCarthy to direct. Ophelia, adapted from Lisa Klein’s YA novel of the same name, is retrofitting Ophelia and Hamlet’s relationship as a forbidden love ordeal. Per the synopsis: “Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life in order to protect a very dangerous secret.” So take your bets as to what deep, dark truth Ophelia shouldn’t know but does anyway. A possibility we’d like to include: “Are you a moron? Of course Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not really dead.”

Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts to Star in Ophelia