‘Ophelia’ Trailer: Daisy Ridley & Naomi Watts in Reimagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’



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Take a look at the trailer released for Ophelia, an upcoming film based on a Lisa Klein-authored novel that reimagines William Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective.

Star Wars cast member Daisy Ridley plays the titular character, a rebellious girl who is taken in as one of Queen Gerturde’s (Naomi Watts) most trusted ladies-in-waiting. She is soon in a romance with Prince Hamlet (George MacKay), who begins on a fateful path of vengeance when his father is murdered. Yeah, drama ensues.

This one’s been circling a release for over a year now; the film had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018. Early reviews have been somewhat mixed, with some praising the performances and the new angle on Shakespeare’s play, and others criticising an emotionally inert narrative. We’ll see.



There’s some strong Aussie talent here, including director Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City) and cinematographer Denson Baker (Measure of a Man).  Ophelia, also starring Clive Owen and Tom Felton, opens in limited US cinemas on June 28.

Official synopsis for Ophelia:

One of the world’s greatest dramas is turned on its head through a bold and new perspective in OPHELIA. Set in medieval Denmark and spoken in a modern tongue with a poetic twist, it recalibrates the classic Shakespearean tragedy of “Hamlet” so that its unspoken, complex heroine may share her own story. As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gerturde (Naomi Watts) as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet (George MacKay). A passionate romance kindles between the two in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet’s father is murdered and the prince’s wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.

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