How do you become the greatest writer of all time? William Shakespeare’s biography could use such a tagline. His greatness has attracted a lot of storytellers towards his stories as well as his life. Craig Pearce is one of those people and he created ‘Will’ to explore the young days of Shakespeare’s life. He is also known for co-writing the screenplays of ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Romeo + Juliet’. Along with Shekhar Kapur (‘Mr India’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘New York, I Love You’), Pearce also serves as the director. Both of them executive produce the series, along with Howard Braunstein, Vince Gerardis, Debra Hayward, Alison Owen and Louise Rosager.
Will Cast: Who’s in It?
The role of William Shakespeare is played by Laurie Davidson. Before landing this role, he had been a newcomer and has only a handful of credits to his name. This includes a minor role in ‘Vampire Academy’ and the lead role in a TV movie, ‘Diana and I’. He is set to start in ‘The Good Liar’, alongside Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. He is also a part of the upcoming musical, ‘Cats’.
Olivia DeJonge plays the role of Alice Burbage, William’s love interest. She is known for her roles in ‘Hiding’, ‘The Visit’ and Netflix’s teen drama, ‘The Society’. Ewen Bremner portrays Richard Topcliffe. He has appeared in many films and TV shows which includes titles like ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Pearl Harbour’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Black Hawk Down’, ‘Death at a Funeral’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘The Virgin Queen’, ‘Aliens vs Predator’ and ‘Blackout’.
Jamie Campbell Bower plays the role of William’s frenemy, mostly nemesis, Christopher Marlowe. He is best known for portraying Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I’ as well as ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’. His other roles include titles like ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, ‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘Camelot’, ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Thomas and Friends’.
William Houston stars as Kemp, a popular theatre actor in London. His acting credits films and TV shows like ‘The Gambler’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking’, ‘Son of God’, ‘Brimstone’, ‘Age of Heroes’ and ‘Dracula Untold’. Max Bennett appears in the role of Robert Southwell. He has gained extensive experience through his time in theatre. In films and television, he is known for his roles in ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Poldark’, ‘The Hollow Crown’, ‘Set the Thames on Fire’ and ‘Saving Hope’. The character of James Burbage is portrayed by Colm Meaney. He is known for his roles in films and TV shows like ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, ‘The Simpson’, ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘Random Passage’, ‘The Conspirator’, ‘Kings’ and ‘How Harry Became a Tree’.
Additional cast includes actors like Mattias Inwood, Lukas Rolfe, Nancy Carroll (‘Father Brown’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Silent Witness’), Michael Nardone (‘Rome’, ‘River City’, ‘Shetland’, ‘The Night Manager’), Jamie Beamish, Nicholas Farrell (‘Testament of Youth’, ‘Legend’, ‘The Iron Lady’), Nicholas Woodeson (‘Mr Turner’, ‘The Death of Stalin’, ‘Skyfall’), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (‘The Inbetweeners Movie’, ‘Madame Bovary’, ‘Now You See Me 2’, ‘Killing Eve’), Bruce MacKinnon, Deirdre Mullins (‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, ‘Man Down’, ‘Midsomer Murders’), James Berkery, Zubin Varla (Olivier Award-winning actor), Jasmin Savoy Brown (‘The Leftovers’, ‘Stitches’, ‘For the People’), Kenneth Collard and Leon Annor.
Will Plot: What’s it About?
There have been many names in the field of literature, but none has been as impactful as William Shakespeare. The Bard’s name is a brand in itself, and each and every work of his is treated with reverence by the fans. His stories have inspired many films and TV adaptations; the writers use the liberty to change the settings according to their perspective. The presence of his work in modern theatre is another story. The one question that everyone asks about him is how did he become this legend? What is the story behind the man whose legacy grows strong with every passing century? How do you create a work that resonates with generations half-a-millennium apart from you? ‘Will’ tries to answer that question.
It begins with the story of Shakespeare when he was still a newbie at writing plays and had recently moved to London to try his luck with a local theatre group. Competing with already established names in the business, William has to not only build a name for himself but also has to save a dying theatre business. Furthermore, it was a difficult time in Protestant London for Catholics. And, you guessed it, Shakespeare was Catholic. Being poor and broke wasn’t enough, he has to keep a secret, as well. The drama in his plays complements the drama in his life when he falls in love with the daughter of the owner of the theatre. There are many problems in this love story, the most important is that William is already married and has three children in a small town that he left behind in order to find glory in London. And then there is Christopher Marlowe — his competition, his admirer, his nemesis.
Will Season 2 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
‘Will’ season 1 premiered on July 10, 2017. The show suffered from low rating from the beginning, which reduced considerably by the end of the season. The critics gave lukewarm reviews, which was not enough to draw crowds in its favour. It was compared with other historical series and costume dramas, like ‘The Crown’. The actors couldn’t make up for the lack of gravitas in its writing.
As far as the next season goes, we have bad news for the fans. After season 1, TNT announced the cancellation of the show. Considering the declining viewership of the show, it was expected that TNT may not continue for another season. Though, fans should not lose all their hopes. There’s still a possibility that some other network picks up the show. If that happens, we will update you about ‘Will’ season 2 release date.
While we wait for any positive news on ‘Will’ season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to TNT to catch all the episodes of the previous season.
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