Michael Picon

Shakespeare's hot in Hollywood

If William Shakespeare were alive, he’d be negotiating points. Perhaps inspired by Keanu Reeves’ and Ralph Fiennes’ stabs at Hamlet, Hollywood’s got the Bard on the brain. Some of Will’s greatest hits are being turned into movies: Richard III, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart; a contemporary Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman; Othello, featuring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh; and Branagh’s in-the-works, full-length version of Hamlet.

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