Daisy Ridley

Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroine Gets to Tell Her Own Story in 'Ophelia'

Daisy Ridley as Ophelia (Photo: IFC FIlms)

William Shakespeare’s plays always provide rich fodder for the feature film industry, as every generation seemingly wants their own takes on the Bard’s most famous works. Often times, these leads to somewhat unconventional interpretations, in which main characters are gender-swapped, contemporary settings are used, or the plays are used to provide commentary on various modern-day issues.

But there’s one character who almost never gets her due, no matter what production we happen to be discussing. And that’s Hamlet’s doomed love, Ophelia, who is often regulated to a simpering madwoman with little agency over her own life beyond the method of her death. 

A feature film is looking to change all that.