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As we reported earlier Catherine Hardwicke may have been ousted from the Twilight franchise, but she’s got plenty of work to keep her busy. First we mentioned her adaptation of the comic book Maximum Ride, and now she’s prepping for a Shakespearean turn. Not only is she going “old English,” but she’s going for the epitome of the author’s work, Hamlet. According to Variety, Emile Hirsch will star as the lead in a Hardwicke directed adaptation of the literary masterpiece.

Hardwicke will direct a modern take on the classic play that will focus on a young man’s struggle between revenge and assimilation into modern society. The story is being adapted by Ron Nyswaner, and will be produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. This will be a reunion for Hirsch in many ways. The actor worked with Hardwicke on the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown, and with Jinks and Cohen on Milk.

Hamlet will also be produced by Overture Films and it’s CEO Chris McGurk explained why he felt comfortable backing another Hamlet adaptation.

“With its universal themes of death, revenge, love and even teen angst – the story of ‘Hamlet’ is perhaps as timely and influential today as it was when it was written over 400 years ago.”

He also feels that it’s been a long time since we’ve seen an actor who is “appropriately-aged “ to play the character. The company is looking for the film’s screenplay to be completed within the upcoming months, in which production will begin shortly after.

I’m personally partial to the 1990 Mel Gibson version myself. I can get down with Laurence Olivier’s 1948 adaptation, but I have to really be in the mood for it. Catherine Hardwicke’s taking on Shakespeare, who would have thought?

What do you think about Emile Hirsch and Catherine Hardwicke reuniting for Hamlet?