Twilight director hires Emile Hirsch for Hamlet

Emile Hirsch has been tapped to  play Hamlet in Catherine Hardwicke’s retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Adapted by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), the remake will move the action from Denmark to modern-day America.

Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen said: “This project was the brainchild of Emile Hirsch, who we had the pleasure of working with on Milk. Hamlet was in college when the story takes place, yet there hasn’t been a movie version with an appropriately-aged actor playing the role. Our goal is to present the story as a suspense thriller.”

Twilight director Hardwicke added that she is looking forward to reuniting with her Lords Of Dogtown star Hirsch.