Tom Waits preaches it in modernized Hamlet

A few years ago, Josh Hartnett starred in a modernized version of William Shakespeare’s Othello called O (2001). Now it looks like he’s going to star in a modernized version of Hamlet, to be called Texas Lullaby. The Hollywood Reporter says:

Set in a small eastern Texas town, the movie revolves around a young man (Hartnett) who learns that his widowed mother [Ellen Barkin] has married his father’s brother [John Malkovich]. His father’s ghost tells the young man that he was murdered by his uncle and seeks vengeance.

Alison Lohman will play the young man’s girlfriend, while rock musician Tom Waits is set as a Baptist preacher.

FilmStew.com also has the story. Myself, I can’t help thinking that the Waits-as-preacher thing already felt like a hoary old cliché when he turned up, out of the blue, in Domino (my review).

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.tuirgin.com Ephrem Christopher Walborn

    I’m a unapologetic Waits fan. Not of his acting, though I really enjoyed Down By Law, but of his music. Nothing makes me happier than his twisted take on underbelly clichés.

  • Darryl A. Armstrong

    Whoa! Tom Waits was in Domino?! Blast, now I’m going to have to make some time in my busy, busy schedule to see it…


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