Should Nicole Kidman do some Shakespeare?
Yes yes yes!
I think she would be great in a filmed adaptation of Shakespeare. She is such a consummate film actress, and has had experience on stage.
I think she would make a fantastic Lady Macbeth for example. She certainly has a regal bearing, she is no stranger to playing dark characters, and she does have Scottish ancestry after all.
As I look over her the course of her career, I am struck at how versatile she has been -- doing everything from thrillers like The Others, to her Academy Award winning performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, to one of my personal favorites Moulin Rouge!
I thought she gave incredibly courageous performance in Eyes Wide Shut.
Should she do some Solved Shakespeare?
Well, my versions of do include several significant roles for women.
Since my versions of Hamlet, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice are recreations of the plays as they were first performed on the London stages in the reign of Elizabeth, the actors are all men.
But there are several significant roles for women.
One of the most interesting characters I created is a woman who was one of the most famous and glamorous women of the age, and was acquainted with Shakespeare, and others at the time, like Christopher Marlowe, and who would have been a frequent member of the audience during these plays.
I would love to see an actress like Nicole Kidman in that Elizabethan world with Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
What do you think?
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