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Macbeth

Hilariously Honest Book Titles (Ides of March/Shakespeare Edition)

Beware the Ides of March. I know we’re fresh off of this week’s Honest Book Titles (Part 3), but we decided to parody Shakespeare’s book titles to celebrate the shanking(s) of Julius Caesar. After all—you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself get turned into a Caesar Salad.

 

 

1. Julius Caesar

Julius Gets Turned Into a Caesar Salad

 

 

2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Good Luck Puck

Midsummer

 

 

3. Othello

Don’t Trust White People, Othello

Othello

 

 

4. Twelfth Night

Freaky Friday

 

5. Hamlet

To Be or Not To Be, That Was on Point

hamlet

 

6. King Lear

The OG Sugar Daddy

 

7. Richard III

Hunchback of Notre Dork

 

8. Much Ado About Nothing

The Wrong Way to Get Married

 

9. The Taming of the Shrew

Would Thou Leave My Dowry So Unsatisfied?

 

10. Henry VIII

Two Boleyn Girls, One Henry

HenryVIII

 

11. Macbeth

Witches Be Crazy

Macbeth

 

 

And now we part with such sweet sorrow until next time, friends. Remember to make your requests in the comments section!

 

 

Adjusted Covers Via Masako Fukuchi; The Wrong Way to Get Married (Becky), Witches Be Crazy (Sage).

Riz Ahmed as Hamlet

Riz Ahmed’s ‘Hamlet’ in Development!

You might know him from Venom, Star Wars: Rogue One, or even as the guy who died a hilarious death on Nightcrawler (an appropriate qualification for his upcoming role), but Riz Ahmed is now on his way to becoming the iconic Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Variety reports that while promoting Englistan, his new BBC series, Ahmed also confirmed that his adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy is currently in development.

The project originally began with Ahmed and writer Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassins Creed). The two had met during their college years.

 

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The adaptation is expected to be a contemporary retelling, and will be set in modern-day London against the backdrop of England’s economic and political uncertainty. The story will still follow the play’s classic themes of familial honor, moral duty, and dynastic corruption. And Hamlet will likely still die.

Ahmed, also known for his activism (essay in The Good Immigrant and speech at the English Parliament), aims to use this project to bring stories and roles with social impact to the forefront.

Netflix is set to finance and distribute the film according to Deadline.

 

 

 

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Steven Spielberg’s Anticipated ‘West Side Story’ Remake Has Found Its Maria

A fresh new face will be playing a classic role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 musical West Side Story.

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The role of Maria, the titular love interest of the story, will be played by newcomer Rachel Zegler in her first film role. Zegler was one of 30,000 Latina actresses to audition for the role of Maria.

 

Zegler has stated that she is honored to play the role of Maria in a film, having previously portrayed her in a school play.

 

West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”

 

The news comes as the other film’s stars have also been announced. Tony, Maria’s love interest, will be portrayed by Ansel Elgort, the star of Baby Driver. The roles of Bernardo, Maria’s brother, and Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend, will be portrayed by Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez, respectively. Hamilton performer Josh Andres Rivera has been case as Chino, Maria’s would-be suitor. Rita Moreno, one of the film’s original stars who won an Oscar for her performance as Anita, will return in a new role and also serve as executive producer.

 

 

arian debose david alvarez josh andres rivera rachel zegler

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The casting of mostly Latino and Latina actors was important for Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner. The original film has been accused on whitewashing over the years since its release. Most notably the casting of Natalie Wood, a white actress, in the role of Maria. Spielberg said that he is proud of the diverse group of actors who were cast in the film.

 

“When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors. I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community.”

 

 

The film is set to start filming this summer.

 

 

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