Oscar nominated actress Margot Robbie will serve as an executive producer on a new, innovative Australian 10-part series retelling Shakespeare’s famous works in female perspectives.
Led by a female creative team of writers and directors, it’s the first project to be announced from the partnership between ABC TV with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios International.
The ambitious, currently untitled production will commence filming locally in late 2018 with each standalone episode celebrating and reimagining an iconic work by the Bard, updating them to reflect different cultures and comment on our modern society.
The series will also focus on voicing unique and distinct female voices under the reign of series concept creator Giula Sandler, overlooking the series and penning one episode.
Tracey Robertson from Hoodlum said, “This project will bring together leading and emerging female voices in Australian screen to re-imagine Shakespeare in a modern context.”
Shakespeare’s beloved plays date back to the late 1500s and are globally-recognised by audiences for featuring progressive female leads, most famously the ill-fated Juliet from Romeo and Juliet.
LuckyChap Entertainment said, “We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry. The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare.”
LuckyChap Entertainment is dedicated to showcasing female stories, most recently Robbie’s critically acclaimed role in I, Tonya.
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