Emmy winner for HBO’s The Night Of, Riz Ahmad, has been rumored to be in contact with the biggest streaming platform, Netflix. The actor is planning to do a contemporary version of Shakespear’s classic, Hamlet. There have been minor touches to the original script as per the need of the time. The new script has been developed by Riz Ahmad’s close friend, Mike Lesslie, who has been his friend since the time of college.
The altered script has been based in the hustle and bustle of London where the major theme of Hamlet has been embedded to the core concepts of power, greed, moral duty, and corrupt practices within a hierarchical structure. 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.
Actors who have previously performed the role of Hamlet include Ethan Hawke, Kenneth Branaugh, Mark Rylance, and Oscar Issac.
Since the inception of his career, Ahmad has been known for performing versatile and diverse characters, this adapted version of Hamlet will allow his skills and talent to further nourish and improve. Just last month, Ahmad changed the course of history by becoming the first South Asian to win the Emmys. This is a great achievement which restores the fans’ confidence in the industry and holds the belief that critical acclaim is more significant than commercial and financial acclaim.
Ahmad is not only a talented actor but his skills in writing and rapping cannot be ignored. The film credits to Ahmad include Nightcrawler, A star wars story, and four lions.
Just a few months back, the exceptional performance and versatile acting skills landed him on the front page of Time magazine’s Most influential people in 2017.