Wouldn't Nicholas Hoult be great in some new Shakespeare?
I think so.
For such a young actor he has accomplished so much.
I remember seeing him for the first time in About A Boy. I couldn't believe how good he was at 12 years old, and he was holding his own against Hugh Grant!
He has shown that he can handle just about anything and he has acted opposite some of the biggest stars and greatest actors -- like Nicholas Cage in The Weather Man, Kenneth Branagh in Wallander, Colin Firth in A Single Man -- Tom Ford's directorial debut no less.
I thought he was perfect in Skins -- and I really liked the huge reversal for the character. I don't know many young actors who could be such a creep, but then be so sweet. Impressive.
He has a very busy schedule ahead of him -- he's in the new Warm Bodies (as a zombie Romeo in love with a human Juliet!), he's Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer, and of course he will be in the second X-Men reboot.
I just read that he has just signed on to act in a new adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' novel Birdsong. I can't wait to see it.
And finally, he has expressed interest in one day being a new James Bond. He has my vote.
But wouldn't he be great in some Shakespeare?
There are so many parts he could play. Naturally, he would be great as all of the big parts, like Hamlet, Romeo and Macbeth, Richard III, Henry V.
He has only to start doing it. Whether he does them on stage or he does them on film, he has time to do them all. I strongly recommend he do them all, as often as possible.
But what about his doing some Solved Shakespeare?
I would love to see him as an Elizabethan actor on the stage of the Globe in the year 1600, for example, performing many of the greatest roles in literature and drama, for the very first time to the very first audiences who ever saw them.
He would be a natural as one of Shakespeare's fellow actors in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later the King's Men.
In my versions of Hamlet, and Merchant of Venice for example, he would be perfect in roles like Laertes, or Bassanio.
But he would be equally as great as someone like Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who was one of Shakespeare's greatest friends and patrons.
Southampton is featured in all three of my versions, and his relationship with Shakespeare is one of the most important insights into Shakespeare's life and work.
Romeo and Juliet was written for Southampton, and I think Nicholas Hoult would be perfect as the man who inspired Shakespeare's Romeo.
What do you think?
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David B. Schajer
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