Ophelia

Ophelia

Hamlet Through Her Eyes

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton
Director: Claire McCarthy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rated: M
Running Time: 106 minutes

Synopsis: Based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein, Ophelia is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet told from an unexpected point of view. Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia takes centre stage in the untold story of her tragic romance with Hamlet and her relationship with his mother, Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts). A wild and motherless child, Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is taken into Elsinore Castle under the wing of Queen Gertrude and becomes her most trusted lady-in-waiting. Growing into a beautiful and intelligent young woman, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet (George MacKay). While she learns the ways of power and plotting in court, an undeniable love between Ophelia and the Prince blossoms in secret. As war brews with a neighbouring kingdom, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore apart from within – the King has been murdered, driving Prince Hamlet into a downward spiral of vengeful torment. Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life and devises a plan to escape Elsinore forever, in order to protect a very dangerous secret.

Ophelia was adapted for the screen by Semi Chellas (Mad Men). Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City) directs and Paul Hanson's Covert Media (Naked) is financing the feature and producing along with Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger (The Brothers Grimm) and Sarah Curtis (Hysteria). Ophelia's executive producers are Covert Media's Elissa Friedman (Dirty Grandpa) and Media Content Capital's Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine (Fury). McCarthy's team of skilled filmmakers includes DOP Denson Baker (Victoria), Academy-Award® nominated Production Designer Dave Warren (Hugo), Costume Designer Massimo Cantini Parrini (Tale of Tales), and Academy-Award® winning Hair & Make-up Designer Alessandro Bertolazzi (Suicide Squad). The film is edited by Luke Dunkley (The Crown) and the composer is Academy-Award® winner Steven Price (Gravity, Baby Driver).

Ophelia
Release Date: August 1st, 2019




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