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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. 

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Play Royal Rivals in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Trailer

Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots (Photo: Focus Features/Working TItle)

Stories of real-life queens are all the rage right now. From modern day period drama The Crown to more historical fare such as VictoriaThe White Princess and upcoming Starz drama The Spanish Princess, we just can’t seem to get enough of the girls who run the world.

The next big thing headed our way is a feature film adaptation of one of history’s greatest rivalries: Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scots and her cousin, Elizabeth Tudor, the Queen of England. 

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