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    Chloé Zhao will direct a movie adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet.

    Dan Sheehan

    April 4, 2023, 3:04pm

    After an extremely lucrative but creatively deadening sojourn on Marvel Money Island, Oscar-winning writer-director Chloé Zhao is returning to more cerebral fare.

    Deadline announced this morning that the one of the Nomadland and Eternals director’s next projects will be a film adaption of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell’s bestselling 2020 historical fiction novel.

    Hamnet, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, imagines the story of William Shakespeare’s wife, Agnes, as she struggles to come to terms with the loss of her only son.

    O’Farrell—whose latest novel, The Marriage Portrait, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year—will adapt the script with Zhao.

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