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After Rejecting James Bond Director’s $385M Movie, Spider-Man Star Tom Holland Set to Appear in ‘Hamnet’

After Rejecting James Bond Director’s $385M Movie, Spider-Man Star Tom Holland Set to Appear in ‘Hamnet’

The greatest of the great among all literary greats, the Bard, finds yet another tale from his eternal collection making it onto the big screens. But this time, it is not his work or his life that receives the spotlight but Hamnet, his late and beloved son. A project that will delve deep into the circumstances revolving around the short life and death of the Bard’s first and only son, Hamnet also seeks to establish itself as a peek into the political atmosphere of the time and the socio-cultural phenomenon that took over after his passing and the great work – the tragedy, Hamlet – that was born out of it. 

Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet finds its way to the silver screen
Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet finds its way to the silver screen

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Tom Holland Set to Star in Sam Mendes’ Hamnet Adaptation

The Marvel star that sauntered onto the screens blasting Alt-J’s Left Hand Free in MCU’s Captain America: Civil War and won over the fandom’s heart with his impactful first entry, however short, is now grabbing headlines. Stepping out of the major franchise which launched him into superstardom, Tom Holland has impressed the audience with his work in films like Cherry and The Devil All The Time. Now, he goes big with Skyfall director, Sam Mendes’ adaptation of Hamnet, a fictional work composed by the British author, Maggie O’Farrell.

Tom Holland [via GQ]
Tom Holland [via GQ]
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The project was first reported to be in development in June 2021 beyond which there has been hardly any news of progress on the front. Sam Mendes was brought on board to helm the film recently with news of Tom Holland being cast as the lead. The screenplay for Hamnet is currently being penned by playwright and author, Chiara Atik, as reported by Production Weekly.

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It is 1580s England and the country is haunted by the Black Death. The Bard remains largely a foreboding character in the background, above and beyond the novel’s reach – it is not him but his son that Maggie O’Farrell shines the light on. The text, eery and looming with the impending mortality of the 11-year-old Hamnet, revolves around the bond between parents and their child and even though Shakespeare and Agnes are far from being at the center of the narrative, the thread of events ties them all in into a wonderfully woeful tragedy that gives rise to one of the Bard’s best works composed during the Elizabethan era.

Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes onboards the Hamnet production

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As for the film, Hamnet will reportedly dive into the family of Shakespeare as they navigate the tragedy of their son’s death, and extend the grief into the birth and composition of one of the most famous tragedies penned by William Shakespeare, Hamlet. A release date has not yet been set for the film and it is still unclear when production of Hamnet will take off.

Source: Production Weekly

Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.