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Paul Mescal to Play Shakespeare in Movie "Hamnet"


Mon 29 Jan 2024 | 09:32 PM
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Irish actor Paul Mescal is attached to play a young Shakespeare in director Chloé Zhao's upcoming film adaptation of "Hamnet".

In a recent interview with Vogue, the actor dished about the role and his excitement for it.

While little is known at the moment about the reimagining, except for Mescal will star opposite Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter, I'm Thinking of Ending Things). 

Buckley will be playing Agnes Shakespeare, the wife of the infamous playwright. 

"That book [Hamnet] - it's just devastating. I can't wait. If I told a younger version of myself that this would be [shooting] this year, I wouldn't believe it. I've obviously been in a film with Jessie before [Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter] but we've never shared the screen or a working process together," he said."I think she's one of our present-day greats. And Chloé is somebody I can't wait to get in the weeds with, and get into the heads of those characters."

"Hamnet" is based on the 2020 novel of the same name by author Maggie O'Farrell. 

The novel is the fictional account of Agnes and William's son, Hamnet. Grief is a major theme of the novel, as it tracks the parents exepriences and emotions following Hamnet's death at age 11 in 1596. 

This story serves as the backdrop for the creation of one of Shakespeare's most infamous works, Hamlet. A stage version of the novel premiered last year at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

"Hamnet" is not the only exciting project Mescal has on the horizon. 

Last year, it was announced he would be starring in Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated "Gladiator 2" as Lucius, the son of Russell Crowe's Maximus. 

Mescal has also nabbed the lead role of Franklin Shepard in Richard Linklater's adaptation of "Merrily We Roll Along". 

This project will keep Mescal busy for some time, as it will be filmed over the course of 20 years.