Les Misérables actress Anne Hathaway is set to star in a screen adaptation of classic Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew.
The play is being adapted for film by Abi Morgan – the screenwriter behind The Iron Lady, Shame and BBC drama The Hour, reports The Wrap. The adaptation is thought to be a modern day retelling, set in mid-20th century Italy.
The Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew is the story of Katherina, the difficult and short tempered eldest daughter of an Italian lord. While Katherina has no romantic prospects, two men seek her younger sister’s hand in marriage. But the sister’s father has sworn not to allow his younger daughter, Bianca, to marry before Katherina – so the two young men work together to try and marry off Katherina. Much confusion, trickery and mistaken identity follows before Katherina is married.
The end of the play see’s Katherina ‘tamed’ and entirely obedient to her husband Petruchio.
The comedy has often been criticised for its misogynist themes, but has nevertheless been adapted dozens of times: most recently in 1999 for the film 10 Things I Hate About You, which starred Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger.
Actress Anne Hathaway bagged a Golden Globe award on Sunday for her moving portrayal of Fantine in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of stage music Les Misérables. The 30-year-old star has also recently been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress.
A role in a Shakespeare adaptation would be fitting for the actress, who shares her name with William Shakespeare’s wife.
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