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Hirsch to Star in Modern Hamlet

Published June 2, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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While I'm still not onboard with these modern-day adaptations of classic stories to the likes of Shakespeare, I do like where Overture Films is heading with their decision to cast Emile Hirsch in Hamlet.

Emile Hirsch for Hamlet


What I don't like, however, is the decision to let Catherine Hardwicke direct. I was appalled by the look of Twilight, so the helmer has a lot of convincing to do with this outing.

Overture recognizes the fact that there hasn't been a Hamlet<.b> movie with the appropriately aged actor playing the title role. So kudos to them there. Expect everything to be slightly modified beyond that, with scribe Ron Nyswaner working to have a script ready in the next few months.

We can next see Hirsch in Taking Woodstock. After that his schedule is surprisingly open.


Though the Wachowski brothers worked on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer will be their first directing effort since confusing audiences with the Matrix trilogy.

Hirsch can next be seen in Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn. If you have yet to encounter the actor, I highly suggest you go out and rent Girl Next Door; a high school drama classic.

Production on Speed Racer will see green this summer.

Stay tuned for updates.

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