All the world of TV is a stage, apparently. For the second time in a week, a major television network has announced that it will roll out a Shakespeare-themed series.
Last week it was ABC's Still Star-Crossed, which chronicles the continuing strife between the Montagues and the Capulets after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
This week it is Will, a drama series about the life of the 16th century Bard himself, set in the 1580s when the young Will Shakespeare had recently arrived in London from Stratford and was striving to break in as an actor and playwright.
The project has been in development for several months, with Laurie Davidson cast as young Shakespeare. What has changed is that TNT announced May 18 that it has picked up the series and ordered 10 episodes. No premiere date was announced, but will likely premiere this fall or winter.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Davidson will be joined in the cast by Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and Ewen Bremmer (Trainspotting).
Craig Pearce and Golden Globe-nominated director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will be executive producers.