To be or not to be, do or do not. That is the question of trying.

Okay, grammatical mistakes aside, we are avid fans of Shakespeare and Star Wars. Hence, why this bit of news deserved a great mashup of the two fandoms. Or not. 

Oscar Isaac will be playing Hamlet in the titular play at the Public Theater this summer. 

According to Time Out NY, the production will run from June 20th through September 3rd.

Stoked? So are we. 

Oscar Isaac has graced the theater stage many times in the past, especially with Shakespeare. In 2005, he played Proteus in the Bard-inspired musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. 

And then in 2007, he played Romeo in the classical warning about romance, Romeo & Juliet. Both roles were performed at Shakespeare in the Park productions under the Public Theater.

His brooding, emotional presence will be perfect for Hamlet, who is driven to bloody revenge by the ghost of his murdered father. Sorry, spoilerz.


The production will be directed by Sam Gold. Another familiar name on the cast list is, Keegan-Michael Key, who will play Hamlet's pal Horatio, alongside Peter Friedman as the nattering Polonius. Gayle Rankin will play Polonius's daughter, Ophelia, with Anatol Yusef as her brother Laertes.

Lastly, Roberta Colindrez and Matthew Saldívar star as Hamlet's childhood friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Casting for the key roles of Claudius and Gertrude has not yet been announced.

You can get the tickets for the production here on March 30th, unless you are a Public Member and can get the tickets on the 9th, before everyone else.

[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy]