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Anne Hathaway for Taming of the Shrew

2013-01-15 15:44
Anne Hathaway
Los Angeles - Anne Hathaway is set to star in an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

The actress - who took home Best Supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday - has reportedly signed on to the project, which has just gone into development, according to

The script is being written by Abi Morgan - who previously worked on Shame and The Iron Lady - and will update the story to mid 20th century Italy.

Catwoman spin-off

The Taming of the Shrew - a comedy written around 1590 - has been adapted a number of times for both stage and screen. Notably, it was turned into a musical by Cole Porter called Kiss Me, Kate which first appeared on Broadway in 1951, and it was made into a film in 1967 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

A more modern take on the tale - which sees a man gradually convince a headstrong woman to marry him - was filmed in 1999 with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as 10 Things I Hate About You.

As well as signing up for the Shakespearian work, Anne has also said she is open to the idea of a spin-off film for her The Dark Knight Rises character Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm a big fan of the idea, but there's nothing happening. It just kind of exists in my imagination".

"There would always be interest in the wonderful character who I love so much that in a recent Q&A where I had to get up and talk about it, somebody asked me what it was like to say goodbye to her and I burst into tears. Which is just about the most un-Selina Kyle thing you can do."

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