The Wrap is reporting that Anne Hathaway will be getting her Shakespeare on by starring in an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew.
I request that you all take a short break right now to watch (or re-watch) the fan-made short Gotham High, which places a bunch of Batman characters—including Hathaway’s Catwoman—in high school. It uses the #1 Taming of the Shrew adaptation of my heart, 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You, for much of its footage.
You done? Good. Let’s continue.
There’s not much we know about the film yet besides the fact that it will be set in mid-20th century Italy, Hathaway will star, Debra Hayward (Les Misérables, Love Actually) will produce, and Abi Morgan will write. Hathaway has me less excited than Morgan, who wrote Shame and The Iron Lady, both of which I still need to see, and BBC period drama The Hour, which I love. I hope that Morgan will cut out the rather wince-worthy “taming” and date rape-y aspects from the original play, like 10 Things did. It hasn’t exactly aged well.
Hathaway’s no stranger to the Bard, as she played Viola in Shakespeare in the Park’s version of Twelfth Night in 2009. She was also married to to the man himself. No, wait, that was a different person also named Anne Hathaway. Unless… time travel?