Riz Ahmad will be playing the role of Hamlet in Netflix's series

Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations To Star In Netflix's 'Hamlet'

Riz Ahmed in talks to star in Netflix's Hamlet

To thine own self be true, Riz Ahmed.

If you were to sleep, perchance you wouldn't dream of a better actor to star as Hamlet in a modern adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play.

The play centres on the revenge Prince Hamlet is compelled to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of his father, but will get an update in setting, moving from 17th-century Denmark to modern day London, "complete with economic and political uncertainty". The renowned producer of Attack the block and Under the skin, Jim Wilson, has been rumored to contribute towards the project while Netflix will be given the responsibility of providing monetary assistance and distribution channels for the final product.

The show was developed by Ahmed with his college friend and script writer Michael Lesslie, who also wrote "Assassin's Creed" and "Macbeth".

Perchance, give thy role unto Ahmed.

The plan is for Ahmed to star as the tragic protagonist with Netflix financing and distributing. He also is known as one half of the rap duo Swet Shop Boys. 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 Emmy Awards last month.

His global impact landed him the cover of Time magazine's Most Influential People in 2017.

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