Here's your new William Shakespeare
It's never too late to relook at the life and times of someone you knew way back when. In the case of new television series Will, it's the origin story of William Shakespeare, writer and playwright extraordinaire, the star of your middle/high/secondary school nightmares for those throwing back to your literature studies. He might have passed in 1616, but this reincarnation looks at his life after leaving Stratford.
Thanks to writer and producer Craig Pearce — of Romeo + Juliet and Great Gatsby — you can enjoy the spoils of Shakespeare's youth through Laurie Davidson, a new man candy on the rise. A recent London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) graduate, Davidson transforms Shakespeare to fit into the punk rock theatre scene in 16th century London.
In fact, director Shekhar Kapur advised the actor to watch Straight Outta Compton and 8 Mile to give him an idea of the way people use words as weapons. Mick Jagger and David Bowie also serve as inspirations, as men who changed the rules of their respective generations. Will is a show not meant for the intellectual — instead, it's a refreshing, sexy take for the masses. It doesn't hurt that Davidson is easy on the eyes, either.
Check out the trailer for Will below.